It is very important to keep an accurate record of the information to be included in your dissertation.
You will need to manage the information you find for your dissertation. Many online information sources contain features to help you store your search results for later use. In Primo, for example, you can store your search results in your Favourites. Try to get into the habit of storing the records for the information sources you find so you don't have to spend valuable time searching for them again when you are creating your reference list.
There are also online tools to allow you to export search results to reference management software e.g. EndNote. More details are below.
Here are some of the ways in which using reference management software can help:
More information available: Software : Information Services, Aberystwyth University
It is very useful to be able to systematically collect the references you have selected for your dissertation so that they are all in one place and can be selectively retrieved for use when writing your review.
Strategies can vary from:
Every time you get results from a database, you will need to manage them.
To avoid duplicating your searches again and again, save them!
Take a look through these tabs to find out more on how to save searches and records and how to go about emailing them to yourself.
If you find that you are repeatedly searching for the same word or phrase, you can save a search term to your Account on Primo.
In Primo, at the top of the search results page, you will see an option to Save query.
If you would like to be notified by email when new results are added to your search, click Turn on notification for this query on the banner that appears.
Click on the push pin icon which is located in the top right hand corner of the Primo page to go to your favourites, and then click the Saved Searches tab to view your saved searches:
You have the option to delete these saved searches whenever you wish by clicking on Unpin this search:
next to the search you wish to remove.
If you have found an item on Primo you wish to save to your account for future reference, you can store or save a record by clicking the push pin icon next to the title.
At the top right of the Primo page, click the "Go to my favourites" push pin icon to view your saved items.
You can email your saved items to yourself too.
next to the title.
Don't panic! Take a look at the following tabs at what you can do to help you on your dissertation journey.
It is really important to consider how you will:
This will enable you to:
There is a feature in Microsoft Word for creating in text-citations and bibliographies. It is called Citations & Bibliography and you can find it on the References tab in Word.
N.B. you do have to type in the reference details yourself so this is only useful if you are only citing a small number of references. Also it is not designed for use with footnotes.
How can I make the most of Microsoft Word when writing my dissertation?
There are many tools and features in Microsoft Word that can help you in the process of writing your dissertation. Just follow the links below for step-by-step instructions:
When preparing a dissertation you may wish to use one of the following methods for consistent formatting across a range of documents:
To try to ensure that you do not lose your work we recommend that you: (FAQ https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/index.php?id=85)
All of the above are recommendations based on situations that have happened with users in the past.
EndNote is a desktop bibliographic referencing application for gathering bibliographic references from online databases; amending, managing and storing references; formatting the references from a range of citation styles provided and exporting the references as footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies into Microsoft Word documents.
Aberystwyth University provides support and training for Endnote users.
EndNote X9 is available to download for free (Windows and Mac) for computers owned by staff and students: https://myaccount.aber.ac.uk/protected/software/
More information can be found at https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/is/library-services/infoskills/desktop/
Visit the EndNote FAQs: https://faqs.aber.ac.uk/index.php?search=EndNote
Useful videos on Endnote in LibGuides:
This free tool is not supported by the University but there is support documentation online. Mendeley allows you to import references into your assignments using a citation add-in for Word.
This is a freely available option to collect, store and help you insert citations into your assignments.
Support is not provided by Aberystwyth University but there are useful help guides and videos available online.