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Capstone and PICO Project Toolkit

Guide to locating research for evidence synthesis projects and assignments.

Tutorial: How to Cite

APA Citations

For help formatting your citations in APA style, see the following resources:

Citation Management Tools

Citation management software helps you take notes, organize research, import citations from electronic databases and catalogs, format reference lists in standard styles (MLA, APA etc.); insert footnotes and endnotes directly into your papers.

  • Zotero A free online citation management tool.
  • RefWorks Web-based program, licensed to everyone in the NYU community.
  • EndNote Licensed to everyone in the NYU community.

How Do I Choose Between RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero?

Come to a Library Workshop or view this comparison list.

If you just need some quick citation formatting without having to download software, check out Zotero Bib


Reference Management for Systematic-Style Reviews

If you're working on a literature review that is meant to be completed in a systematic fashion (e.g., you're following a pre-determined protocol, driven by an established guidelines, and you'll be reporting according to PRISMA standards), you will need to track your references carefully, tracking the total number of references located by database searching, the number of duplicates from different databases, and how many records are excluded after each screening phase.  Citation managers like EndNote and Zotero are useful for these processes, but Covidence is designed for systematic reviews, allowing you to manage the workflow more seamlessly.  

Article Screening - Covidence

Covidence Trainings & Support

Tutorials: Exporting Records from Databases into Covidence

Covidence Knowledge Base: Importing references in Covidence

Video Overviews by Database

Backing Up Bibliographic Data

If you are using a citation manager to store bibliographic data related to your evidence synthesis project, it is recommended that you maintain back up copies of your data.  

Recommended steps for backing up bibliographic data will vary depending on your software of choice (Zotero, EndNote or RefWorks) - more information can be found on the guide for Data Management Planning - Storage & Backup