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Can't remember which sources to use?

Use these Detailed Guides for in-depth information from our recommended data sources:


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Citation Software


RefWorks is a citation management software provided to you by the INSEAD Research & Learning Hubs.
It lets you export citations directly from research databases into your personal account. You can then manage these citations by using folders and sharing them with colleagues. It also helps you create bibliographies and in-text citations in the style of your choice.

Access: There is no need to purchase a licence for RefWorks, just create an account by going through our alphabetical list of resources. If you are off-campus, you may be asked for a group code, please contact us if you need this information.

Exporting to Refworks from research databases (PDF file).

Using RefWorks and :

From EBSCO databases (Business Source Complete, EconLit, PsycInfo, PsycArticles, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Sociological Collection):

  1. Add your article(s) in a folder
  2. Click on the “folder” link
  3. Click “Export”
  4. Click“Direct Export to RefWorks” button.
  5. Click "Save"

From Google Scholar:

  1. From the Google Scholar search page, click on the Scholars Preferences link.
  2. Scroll down to the Bibliography Manager section.
  3. Select Show Links to Import into and select RefWorks from the drop-down.
  4. Click Save Preferences.
  5. Each record displayed will have an Import into RefWorks link.
  6. Click on the link will launch the RefWorks login page.


From ISI Web of Science:

  1. From a Results or a Marked List page, put a check mark by the items you wish to save.
  2. Click on the 'Save to RefWorks' button at the bottom of the page.


  1. Click on the “export this citation” link under the article(s) of your choice
  2. Click on “RefWorks.”


Importing from the Library Catalogue:

  1. In the catalogue, add items to your cart
  2. Open your cart and click on download
  3. Choose: .ris as the format and save the file to your desktop
  4. In RefWorks click on "References" and "Import"
  5. Select “RIS format” for both the 'Import filter' and the 'Database' 
  6. Click 'Choose File', navigate to the saved file and click on 'Import'

From Science Direct:

  1. Check the articles you want to export
  2. Click on “Export Citations”
  3. Select “RefWorks direct Export” and click Export.


From Social Science Research Network (SSRN):

  1. Open the record you wish to export
  2. Click on Share and select "CiteULike". You will need to create a free account with them
  3. Transfer the reference to CiteULike by clicking on Post article
  4. You will then have the ability to "Export", select RIS format.
  5. In RefWorks click on "References" and "Import"
  6. Select “RIS format” for both the 'Import filter' and the 'Database' 
  7. Click 'Choose File', navigate to the saved file and click on 'Import'

RefWorks Support:

If you have a question about using RefWorks please contact Cecile Maciulis +33 (0)1 60 72 9161
Check this page for upcoming workshops
Use RefWorks' excellent tutorials:
 - RefWorks (includes Using WriteNCite)
 - RefShare

EndNote is a citation management tool which allows you to keep and manage your own “library” of article references. Unlike RefWorks, there is no institutional licence for EndNote. You should purchase your individual licence by submitting your request via the purchasing department.

A word about adding references to your EndNote Library

Article databases have improved their direct exporting features to facilitate direct export from the source towards your EndNote library. This is the easiest and recommended way to add references to your account. The steps detailed below will refer to direct exporting whenever possible and apply only to the Internet Explorer web browser.

In addition to direct exporting you can also add references by using connection files or import filters:

EndNote "connection files" provide access to online databases so that you can search them from within the EndNote program. Each database requires its unique connection file. These files have an ".enz" extension, please contact us if you have a question about a connection file or look it up on the Endnote website.

EndNote "import filters" provide a way to import references in text format into your EndNote library. Each import filter is designed to import references downloaded from a specific database. These files have an ".enf" extension, please refer to the EndNote manual if you have a question about an import filter.

Contact the Research & Learning Hub if you have any questions using EndNote.

Using EndNote and:

Recommended procedure from EBSCO databases (Business Source Complete, EconLit, PsycInfo, PsycArticles, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Sociological Collection):

  1. Open EndNote
  2. Perform your search in one of the EBSCO databases
  3. Add the references to your folder
  4. Click on the “folder” link
  5. Click “Export”
  6. Select “Direct Export to EndNote, ProCite, or Reference Manager” button.
  7. If you are using IE7, the export will go directly to EndNote.

if not:

  1. Click "Save" & save your file in RIS format
  2. In EndNote, Click on File>Import
  3. Navigate to your saved .RIS file
  4. Select the Reference Manager (RIS) option as your “Import Option”
  5. Click Import.

Alternately, you may download the connection file for BSC listed on the EndNote site.

  1. Save it in C:\Program Files\EndNote\Connections
  2. Open EndNote, go to Edit>Connection Files>Open Connection Manager
  3. Choose the new connection file
  4. Perform your search


Recommended procedure from Google Scholar

  1. Open EndNote
  2. In Google Scholar, go to Preferences and set your Bibliography manager to the “RefMan” option (not EndNote!)
  3. Perform the search and click on the “Import into RefMan” link
  4. The citation should be sent directly to your EndNote Library


Recommended procedure from ISI Web of Science:

  1. Open EndNote
  2. Perform your search in ISI Web of Science
  3. Select the articles you need and click the “ Add to Marked List” button
  4. Click on the “Marked List” link
  5. In the Step 1 frame select the fields you wish to export (Abstract for instance) or exclude
  6. In the Step 2 frame, click on the button “Save to EndNote, EndMan, Procite”
  7. Click the “Export” button of the process does not start automatically
  8. The citation will be exported directly into your EndNote Library.

Recommended procedure from JSTOR:

  1. Perform your search in JSTOR
  2. At the Search Results List Page, click on "Export this citation" or select several then click on "View saved citations"
  3. Click on “Export Citations” and select “EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager (download RIS file)”
  4. Save the .RIS file to your desktop.
  5. Open EndNote. From the File menu, select "Import."
  6. After choosing your saved .RIS file, Select the Reference Manager (RIS) option as your “Import Option”
  7. Click "Import."

Recommended procedure for the Library Catalogue:

  1. In the catalogue, add items to your cart
  2. Open your cart and click on download
  3. Choose: .ris as the format and save the file to your desktop
  4. Open EndNote and go to File>Import
  5. Click on 'Choose File' and navigate to your saved .ris file
  6. For 'Import option' select 'Reference Manager (RIS)'
  7. Click on 'Import'.

Recommended procedure from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

  1. Open EndNote
  2. Perform your search in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and mark your titles.
  3. Click on "My Research"
  4. Click on "Export Citations"
  5. Click on the "Export directly to ProCite, EndNote or Reference Manager" link
  6. Your titles will be automatically transferred to your account.


Recommended procedure from ScienceDirect

  1. Perform your search in ScienceDirect
  2. Mark your references
  3. Click on "Export citations" at the top of the list
  4. Content Format: select "Citation and Abstracts"
  5. Export Format: select "RIS Format"
  6. Click on "Export" (EndNote should open)
  7. Select the Library into which you want to import the references (they will automatically be added to the selected Library).

Please note ScienceDirect only works with EndNote 4 and above.

Recommended procedure from SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

  1. Open the record you wish to export
  2. Click on Share and select "CiteULike". You will need to create a free account with them
  3. Transfer the reference to CiteULike by clicking on Post Article
  4. You will then have the ability to "Export", select RIS format save the file to your desktop
  5. Open EndNote and go to File>Import
  6. Click on 'Choose File' and navigate to your saved .ris file
  7. For 'Import option' select 'Reference Manager (RIS)'
  8. Click on 'Import'.

Additional Resources for EndNote

  • EndNote site

The EndNote site is where you can download program updates & patches, output styles, import filters, connection files, and more. You can also browse the Frequently Asked Questions, or join the EndNote interest e-mail list.

  • EndNote guides

EndNote site provides complete or quick guides, for version 8 to 10. You will also find 2 manuals in Doriot Research & Learning Hub:
EndNote 7 (call number: QA76.73 .Z2 END 2003) and EndNote 8 (call number: QA76.73 .Z2 END 2004).

Mendeley is a free reference manager, it also acts as an academic social network.
You can download a desktop application or use the web interface
You will need to to the installation in order to access the Word plug-in to add and edit citations in-text.

Download the Web Importer to import references and documents web sites such as Google Scholar or PubMed or from the databases listed below:

- EBSCO databases (Business Source Complete, EconLit, PsycInfo, PsycArticles, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Sociological Collection)
- Google Scholar
- ISI Web of Science
- INSEAD Catalogue
- ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
- Science Direct

Recommended procedure:

  1. From a page of results (except for the Emerald & Dissertations & Theses databases) or from a single citation record
  2. Click on the Web Importer icon in your toolbar
  3. From the pop up window, choose to which group you want to add the record.
  4. Click Save to Library.


CostFree - INSEAD R&L Hub have a site licence.

Requires individual purchase by user. Educational discounts available.

Free to everyone (costs for upgraded storage, costs for private groups)

Operating systemsWeb-based (operating system-independent)

Macintosh, Windows

Macintosh, Windows , Linux

Global edit :add/replace termsYesYesNo
Duplicate detectionYesYesYes
Add notes to referencesYes, via "notes" or "user" fieldsYes, in "notes" fieldYes, via "notes" tab in desktop
Advanced SearchYesYesNo
Direct export (from databases)YesYesYes
Screen capture of web page contentYesNoYes
Store PDFsYesYesYes
Storage/Maximum number of recordsUnlimitedUnlimited. 100,000 recommendedUnlimited on desktop (restricted by local storage capacity); 2 GB free web space
Format bibliographies, insert in-text citationsYesYesYes
Edit or create stylesYesYesYes
Mobile accessYesiPadYes
RSS FeedsYesYesYes
Collaboration featuresRefShare to share database (or folders) with any researcher having Internet access.Traveling Library within a word processor document.Create public and private groups
Share data among other citation management programsYesYesYes

Adapted with permission from UW-Madison Libraries

Google Scholar


Google Scholar often provides links to full-text articles. To give you access to even more articles, we have implemented the "Library Links" feature which gives you seamless access from Google Scholar to articles in our collection. If it is not already activated on your browser, see the steps below.

How to activate Library Links:

  1. Use this link, or
  2. Go to the Scholar Settings page
  3. Type "INSEAD" under "Library Links" and select: INSEAD - Get it at INSEAD
  4. Save your preferences
  5. When viewing the search results, follow the "Get it at INSEAD" link on the right-hand side to go directly to the full-text
  6. If this is not displayed, click on "More" underneath the reference, then on "Check availability @INSEAD" which allows you to order the article from the Library using a prefilled form

Please keep in mind:

After viewing the full-text, you may need to double-click on the "back" button to return to your Google Scholar results. Sometimes just one click will not work. 

Not all our subscribed content is available using this feature, due to publisher restrictions. Use Journal Finder and the academic literature databases to find all the articles in the Library's collection.

The Library Catalogue is the main tool for finding books. But you can also search for books directly in Google by typing your keywords followed by the words librarycatalogue (all one word) and insead.

The resulting link will lead you directly to the book’s record in the catalogue, where you can check the book’s location, call number and table of contents.

Please note that Google's spell-check sometimes interprets these keywords as a typing error; if so, just click on the suggestion which searches 'librarycatalogue' as one word:

Tips: This feature works best when your keywords are as specific as possible:

  • avoid broad words (such as 'management')
  • add the author's name to the title keywords, if you know it
  • use quotes around your keywords if they are an exact title
  • for advanced searches, use the Library Catalogue

Please contact us if you need help with these tools or with finding Library resources.

Journal Alerts


You can receive the table of contents of your favorite journals by email. You will find below instructions for the databases which offer this service.

EBSCO offers email alerts for every journal indexed in the following databases:

Business Source Complete
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
Sociological Collection

  1. Sign in to My EBSCO Host or create an account.
  2. Click the Publications link and enter the title in the Browse Publications box, click Browse.
  3. Click on the journal’s title.
  4. From the journal’s Publication Details screen, click the Share link. 
  5. Click on E-mail Alert in the pop up window.
  6. The Create Alert screen appears. Fill in the choices: length of alert, format of alert, email options, frequency etc.
  7. Click Save.

Emerald offers email alerts for every journal indexed:

  1. Log in or create an account.
  2. Click on a category under Browse Journals or click on the Journals tab on the top menu.
  3. Click on the journal title of your choice.
  4. Click ToC Alert under the journal description.

Science Direct offers email alerts for journals to which we subscribe:

  1. Log in or create an account.
  2. Click on a category under Browse publications or click on the Journals link at the top.
  3. Click on the journal title of your choice.
  4. Click on Subscribe to new volume alerts.
  5. Click Save.

Open Access



What is Open Access?

“Open Access refers to online, free of cost access to peer reviewed scientific content with limited copyright and licensing restrictions”

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Graph & definition from FOSTER Facilitate Open Science Training for European Research

Open Access Routes

There are two routes to open access; the open access journals and the open access repositories or open archives.

  • The Gold route to open access is delivered via publishing an article in a journal. The journal may be an open access journal (pure open access), or a subscription based journal (hybrid open access) that offers an open access option. OA journals perform peer review
    Publication fees: The model is to charge a fee upon acceptance of an article for publication. The bill may go to the author, but is often paid by the author's funder or employer rather than by the author out of pocket. Hence this model is sometimes, misleadingly, called the "author pays" or "author fee" model. The fee is sometimes called a "processing fee" or an "article processing charge" (APC).

    Other models:
    - Subsidy
    - Freemium
    For a list of OA journals in all fields and languages, see the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • The Green route to open access is delivered via self-archiving (depositing) an output into a repository. OA archives do not perform peer review.
    There are two types of repositories, general and subject repositories.
General repositories  


Subject repositories

PubMed Central

Best Practice Guide

Open Access Plugins

These tools can help you find Open Access articles

for Chrome – Firefox

Google Scholar Button
for Chrome – Firefox


Open Access Button

Further Reading

  • Horizon 2020 The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

All beneficiaries of H2020 funding must provide Open Access (free of charge, online access for any user) to all peer-reviewed publications by depositing them into a repository.

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