Organizing Your Research With Online Tools

New online tools for researchers seem to appear on a daily basis. The following are a few you might find useful in your everyday work. The tools mentioned below are free although some require you to set up an account to get started.

Bibmeexternal link is an easy to use tool that creates bibliographies automatically. Enter the books, articles, or websites and Bibme does the rest. It even allows you to choose between several citation formats including: MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.

Connoteaexternal link is a reference management tool designed for researchers, clinicians, and scientists that provides an easy way to organize and share references with colleagues. Although this tool can be used to collect and organize references from any webpage it has extra features built in for some websites including PubMed and many journals that allows Connotea to automatically collect bibliographic information for users.

Notefishexternal link is another easy organization tool that allows you to put all your web research into one page. Once you set up and save your references to your Notefish page you can annotate references or add customized notes and share it with others.  To get a better idea of what you can achieve with this tool take a look at a few of the featured pages at Notefishexternal link.

Update on America's Historical Newspapers

The State Library's subscription to the online database, America's Historical Newspapers, has changed. Although our subscription no longer includes out-of-state newspapers, it does now include more historical New York State newspapers -- over 200 newspapers published between 1733 and 1915.  This online collection is available to New York State Government employees 24/7 from work or home with a NYSL Borrower Card.

Many of the early out-of-state newspapers no longer included in this collection are available in print or on microfilm at the State Library. Got questions? Call the Reference Desk at 518-474-5355 or send an email to

Last Updated: August 16, 2017