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Gould Library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.

Organizing Your Research: Individually and with Groups


Scrivener is a fantastic tool for writing in the same evironment in which you organize your additional files such as images, PDF documents, etc. Though not free, it is far less expensive than commonly-used word formatting programs and it does so much more to help organize the writing process.

Annotate PDFs with Mendeley

One of Mendeley's strengths is the way in which it lets you collect a set of PDFs and annotate them. Up to three members of a free Mendeley group can all mark up readings and see each other's comments, too (all annotations are automatically labeled by who made them).

Format Your Bibliography with Bibliographic Management

These tools will format your bibliography for you if you only input the citation information. All of them have options for shared bibliographies.

Concept Mapping

Creating a concept map of your topic is a great way to organize your argument, highlight the areas or connections that are not as strong, and help you articulate what you are trying to accomplish. They can also be a great tool for talking to others about your emerging work.