Technology Project – Annotating – Joe Elliot and Dana Narens

For our technology presentation, we looked into various annotating tools that are available to us online. We were both only really familiar with RefWorks before we started our research. RefWorks provides a simple way to organize all of your citations and you can also import sources from Mirlyn and Google Scholar. The site can be accessed through the U of M library website,, but you will still need to create a user name and password. You will also need to know your school code. After that, you can create a bookmark for the site and then you just have to log in.  To go to RefWorks click the following link: For many of the sources that can be viewed through “M Get It” or Google Scholar, there is a “export to refworks” source button that will automatically import the source’s citation into your account.

Above is an example of RefWorks.


  • SIDE NOTE: For those of you who do not know about Google Scholar, it is a great substitute for the U of M provided Mirlyn. In order to change your settings, click the small gear in the top right-hand corner and you can specify which libraries that you want Google Scholar to search. For the majority of our purposes, setting it to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor library would probably be the most practical.

Another innovative annotating site is Zotero, which can be downloaded for free from “Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes” (Zotero website homepage). Another great feature is that you can easily convert from MLA to APA format automatically with just the click of a button.

Once you create an account, you can access your library from virtually anywhere! You can also add notes to anything that you add to your Zotero library, which is especially helpful for those who are writing multiple papers at a time.

This short YouTube click gives a brief demonstration of how to start using Zotero.

We have also provided a link to Harvard Kennedy School’s Library and Knowledge Service’s YouTube channel, so that if anyone wants further information, it can be easily accessible.

Lastly, we looked at EndNote, which is available on all university computers. It is a paid version of Zotero, so it cannot be used on personal computers unless you subscribe to the service. If you chose to use EndNote, there is an “export to Endnote” button that is available on many online sources.

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