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The familiarity and use of reference management software by LIS faculties in Iran

Maryam Sarrafzadeh (Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Persian Gulf University, Karaj, Iran)
Afsaneh Hazeri (Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 5 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the present paper is to investigate the familiarity and use of reference management software (RMS) by library and information science (LIS) faculties in Iran, and aims to identify the possible factors that lead to the application and choice of this software.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a descriptive survey. Data collected by a Web-based questionnaire include both open-ended and multiple-choice questions. The questionnaires were distributed among LIS discussion groups and were sent to the e-mails of LIS faculties.

Findings

Results reveal that over half of the respondents had a good familiarity with the various citation software packages and knew how to use them; 35 per cent of respondents have learned how to use these packages through formal education. “Endnote” is the most popular software among respondents. Respondents confirm the need to offer some educational programs on how to use these software packages to bachelor students, and nominated the “Academic Writing” course as the proper place for teaching this topic.

Originality/value

If due attention is given to the importance of referencing in academic writing and to establishing criteria for the acceptance of papers for publication, teaching students how to carry out referencing and how to use RMS packages for this purpose will aid the promotion of scientific products. To determine whether LIS educators are able to teach the use of RMS packages, it is necessary to examine the extent to which they are familiar with these programs.

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Citation

Sarrafzadeh, M. and Hazeri, A. (2014), "The familiarity and use of reference management software by LIS faculties in Iran", New Library World, Vol. 115 No. 11/12, pp. 558-570. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-02-2014-0018

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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