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Managing Research Documents

This guide includes effective naming techniques for documents, citation and pdf management, note taking tools, alerts and feeds, and journal management apps.


Citation managers are softwares you can use to store citation information, pdfs and research notes.  You can then use them to create formatted bibliographies as you write your paper.

The Library supports Endnote, Endnote Web (online version) and Zotero with workshops and guides to each tool.

Citation Management Guides

Contact Information

Jennifer Hart
Librarian for Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics
Ryerson Physical Laboratory 156
Email Jenny

PDF Annotation Tools

Some Citation Managers offer pdf annotation capabilities as well.

Endnote, Mendeley and Papers: highlighting and notetaking capabilities

Zotpad for Zotero: Use with an IPad reader. Works with annotation tools.

Other Annotation Tools

  • Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe Reader App
  • iAnnotate (free with Android)
  • PDF Annotator (Windows)
  • PDF Pen (Mac)