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It is easy to lose useful information- so make sure you store it as you go along

During the Find it stage of your assignment it is a VERY GOOD idea to collect the reference details for your sources at the same time as you acquire them and to store them in one place. This will save you a lot of time and stress during the Write It stage as you are likely to be working to tight deadlines.

Reference management software – a time saver

Using reference management software to store and manage your references can be a real time saver. You can capture reference information without typing it all in, organise references to suit your work flow and (the best bit!) create reference lists with a few clicks.

If you write a lot of essays or need to manage lots of references for your project reports, it is worth investing time in learning how to use it.

The Library provides the RefWorks reference management package. For more information see RefWorks - here you will find guides and some short videos to help you. You can also find out more at Write it.

For many courses, RefWorks training is provided by your Subject Librarian as part of timetabled Library sessions. You can also contact them for help and advice at any time. In addition, the Library runs a lunchtime workshop entitled 'RefWorks: making referencing easier'. 

LaTeX users

For LaTeX users we provide information about BibTeX for LaTeX and run a lunchtime workshop entitled 'Reference management using LaTex'.   

Other reference management software

To view some options for free software, see Wikipedia's Comparison of reference management software.