Reference management software for students, researchers and academics


Why would I want to use RMS?RMS has been around for over two decades. The software is well developed and major database and information providers anticipate that users will be able to operate it with little difficulty. They have added functionality to make it easy to integrate RMS into the research process, for example, one-click export of results. Librarians have been making the case for RMS for many years and arguments for using RMS are both prolific and well rehearsed (Kent, 2011).However, there are many reasons why researchers do not use RMS, for example they They may not be aware of RMS, see it as too difficult to use, too expensive to buy or too time consuming to learn. Current RMS is more user friendly than earlier versions and there is more choice, including free-to-use web-based software. The ability to use RMS can be seen as a useful research skill in itself, which, once learned, may then be transferred to other projects.A recent review of RMS (Buckley and Owen, 2011) described it as an essential research tool. Evidence from research into the behaviours of young researchers (generation Y or those researchers under the age of 30) suggest 58% of them use RMS, with a high proportion in the medical discipline (British Library/ Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), 2011).

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