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Carnegie Mellon University Africa: Libraries Research Guide

An introductory guide for students and faculty on our Rwanda campus.


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Zotero is a popular free open source citation management tool that makes saving and citing online resources, including websites, YouTube videos, news articles, and scholarly database results, a breeze. Some of Zotero's strengths include its ability to capture a multitude of resource types with the click of a button, and its group library function, with no limit on group membership.  For more about Zotero, see this guide.


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Keenious is a resource recommender tool designed to aid in the identification and discovery of scholarly research. It analyzes writing from text documents and PDFs to recommend the most relevant articles and topics to explore using artificial intelligence combined with conventional search algorithms. It seamlessly integrates with library resources to minimize paywalls, and is freely available to all Carnegie Mellon affiliates. Keenious is available via a web browser for content uploads and text input, and can also be used as an add-on in Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

Account setup, access, and plugins

Users should first create an account using their email address to ensure proper integration with CMU Libraries resources. Users accessing Keenious from the campus network should be recognized as affiliated with CMU.

Overleaf for Collaborative Writing in LaTeX

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries now provides free Overleaf Pro accounts for all faculty, staff, and students who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their papers and projects. Claim your free 10GB Pro account on Overleaf by signing up with your CMU email address through our CMU Overleaf Portal.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as arXiv, GitHub and our institutional repository, KiltHub, to best fit into your workflow.

Features of Overleaf: 

  • Real-time collaboration in your browser for sharing and editing protected projects with authorized users. You can add and remove collaborators at any time.
  • Real-time preview of projects to review your document while editing and writing.
  • Immediate reporting of errors and warnings as you write, so you can catch issues early, and it shows them inline, so you don't have to find them in the LaTeX log.
  • Automatic typesetting of bibliographies within the Overleaf window: no need to separately compile bibliography (.bib) files.
  • Integrated, streamlined publishing allows you to publish immediately and directly to the journal of your choice with an integrated submission system to over a dozen publishing partners already, with more to come in 2016
  • Create 'Protected Projects' for added security. You can authorize selected users to have access and can add & remove collaborators at any time.


Find out more about how to use your free Overleaf account here.