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Researching for your literature review: Manage results and keep up to date

Managing and organising results and setting up alerts


EndNote is a software useful for managing and organising references and associated files. EndNote integrates with common word processors. (Windows and Mac versions available).

Monash University has a site license for EndNote making it freely available for students and staff.

NVivo Software

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis software package that allows users to import, sort and analyse rich text and plain text documents, audio files, PDFs, spreadsheets, databases, bibliographical data, digital photos, web pages and social media data. Monash University provides free download of this software to students and staff.

Free online video tutorials for NVivo are available via the library's LinkedIn learning database.

NVivo can be used to organise and write literature reviews:

  • Import references from EndNote
  • Organise and classify the literature by source types
  • Include print sources
  • Code the literature for major themes
  • Do text and coding queries to explore themes
  • Create visuals to see connections in the literature.

Setting up Alerts to stay up to date with new research

Once you have completed your initial literature searches you can set up alerts to receive a regular email listing new articles that match your search query.

In addition, if there are key journals in your field it might be useful to set up email alerts to receive notifications when a new issue is released. These emails contain a list of all of the articles in the issue, which makes it easy to scan the titles and decide if there are any articles worth following up. See the handout for instructions: A guide to using saved searches and creating alerts in selected databases.

Academic and professional networking sites can also alert you to relevant new research. These sites include Academia.eduResearchGate, and LinkedIn.