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RIA #36: Hannah Gascho Rempel on Citation Management

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Hannah Gascho Rempel

Hannah Gascho Rempel

On today’s episode, Katie is joined by Hannah Gascho Rempel, a Science Librarian and the Coordinator for Graduate Student Success at Oregon State University Libraries and Press. At Oregon State, she has led the development of OSU Libraries’ services for graduate students and has been deeply involved in the libraries’ Teaching and Engagement Department’s transition to a more strategic focus on learner-centered instruction activities. Her research focuses on research behaviors and curiosity, the intersection of technology use and learning, and providing library services that help promote graduate student success. Hannah has taught Zotero workshops at OSU since 2008 and has created a highly used Zotero tutorial.

Transcript (.docx)

Show Notes

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Segment 1: Citation Management [00:00-12:06]

In this first segment, Hannah defines citation management and talks about several different citation management platforms.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Tips and Tricks with Citations Management [12:07-24:30]

In segment two, Hannah shares some of her best practice tips for experienced researchers and those new to citation management.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

  • Listeners can hear more about the reference to a paperless process in RIA #4: Dr. Katie Linder on Juggling Multiple Projects
  • Sente
  • Zotero
  • EndNote
  • Mendeley
  • Information on undergradate use of citation managers:
    • Salem, Jamie, and Paul Fehrmann. 2013. “Bibliographic Management Software: A Focus Group Study of the Preferences and Practices of Undergraduate Students.” Public Services Quarterly 9 (2): 110–20. doi:10.1080/15228959.2013.785878.
    • Rempel, Hannah Gascho, and Margaret Mellinger. 2015. “Bibliographic Management Tool Adoption and Use A Qualitative Research Study Using the UTAUT Model.” Reference & User Services Quarterly 54 (4): 43–53.

Segment 3: Additional Functionalities with Citation Management  [24:31-35:19]

In segment three, Hannah shares some additional features for researchers looking to level-up their citation management platform use.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

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  • For LaTeX users, I recommend BibDesk.

  • Brandon Wiles says:

    Hannah and Katie, thanks for creating this podcast. I’ve learned a lot of things about citation management tools. It seems that I will use this knowledge soon, as this semester we’ll have many research papers ahead!

    The world becomes more wired every day, that is why it’s smart to use online tools for research – like citation manager Zotero or plagiarism checker Unplag. This will save a lot of time, because you shouldn’t arrange your paper notes and list of sources on your computer.

  • Nicky Hockly says:

    Thanks to Hannah (and you Katie) for an excellent podcast. Really helpful. In the podcast, Hannah mentions research about why (undergrad) students often don’t use citation management tools (quote below). Could she provide a reference/link to this research? Thanks! Nicky

    “I think there is a certain level of not knowing they exist. That’s definitely an issue. But I think a lot of what it is is what you’re saying, it’s the return-on-investment piece, and there’s actually some research out there about that. It was focused on undergrads, but it appears like it’s going to take a lot of time to use one of these tools, and you’re already busy doing your writing and other types of research, and so having another thing feels like too much.”

  • Thanks for this question, Nicky! We’ve shared it with Hannah and hope to add some citations to the show notes soon.

  • Hi Nicky! We’ve added some citations for you under segment 2 – hope they are helpful!

  • Nicky Hockly says:

    Thank you so much Katie and Hannah. Much appreciated. Btw, I’ve been getting to grips with Zotero over the last few days. I’ve used social bookmarking tools (Delicious and Diigo) for years, but the fact that Zotero can produce an automatic biblio at a click (among other fabulous things) makes it vastly superior. Thank you so much for being the spur that finally got me trying it!

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