Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Publication Title

portal: Libraries and the Academy

ISSN

1530-7131

Volume

15

Issue

3

First Page

531

Last Page

549

DOI

10.1353/pla.2015.0035

Abstract

Researchers have widely adopted computer programs for reference management, such as Mendeley, due to their ability to support a variety of research practices, including organization and storage of pdfs. These programs also afford participation and networking within new scholarly information landscapes. This paper uses a survey and semi-structured interviews to explore use of Mendeley at the University of Colorado and to provide an initial snapshot of scholars’ adoption of new digital practices. Because these new practices call for different capacities, the authors then used the results to design meaningful learning opportunities for scholars and students.

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