Library and Information Skills module
Reference tools - the options
There are many different reference management software options available to:
- collect references
- store references in a web account or on your desktop
- organise references
- add notes to your references
- link to full text, web pages and documents
- cite your references and create bibliographies
You may also be able to:
- share your references and collaborate with others
- highlight text in PDF documents
Most connect with Word and other word processing software, to cite your references in your document and build your bibliographies.
To follow are just a few options available to you. Library staff are able to help you use each of these reference tools.
EndNote is reference organiser that allows you to create a personal database of the references that you retrieve from searches of library catalogues, databases and the Internet. The desktop version is £99.60 (incl. VAT)
is free. Register via the database Web of Science.
Students using the MHRA bibliographic style should use Zotero or Mendeley as it is not compatible with EndNote.
|Zotero is a free, online reference manager
Zotero Bib is a free service that helps you quickly create a bibliography in any citation style.
|Mendeley is a free, online reference manager and PDF organiser.
It also has an academic social network element that can help you organise your research, collaborate with others online, and discover what others are adding to their lists of references.
|Referencing Tools in Microsoft Word 2016
The referencing tools contained in Word 2016 can help you to put citations into your text and create a bibliography in a variety of referencing styles.
|Download the guide to using the referencing tools in Word 2016|
Choosing a reference management software
You may also find it helpful to test different reference managers to see which one you prefer working with. Consider the following when choosing your reference manager:
- Accessibility - desktop, web-based or web browser extension?
- Is the citation / reference style you need to use available?
- Is the software compatible with the word processor you use?
- If you want to share your references with colleagues, what do they use?
Reference tools - a comparison
This chart shows how the four reference tools above compare. This may help you decide which is best for you.