If researching and referencing cause you stress or take up a lot of your time, these programmes may be for you.

Using the free referencing tool Zotero to collect a variety of materials that you might want to cite in an essay.


Referencing your reading in your work demonstrates that you have conducted a thorough and appropriate literature search. Reference management software helps you to record the details of the information you find and to generate lists of citations and a bibliography.

Your librarian can support you with using reference management tools

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

  • Capture referencing data using ISBNs or DOIs
  • Intelligent web browser add-on for digital resources
  • Organise resources into different collections
  • Microsoft Word add-in
  • Generate citations in a huge variety of referencing styles
  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Export to EndNote and RefWorks

Help & how to get started:

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Use ClaroCapture to capture text and images (including a clip of the whole screen and export to Word, PowerPoint and ClaroIdeas (Claro’s mind mapping program), or any other program using the clipboard, for project building. 

Help & how to get started:

How to use Weava for research


Weava is a highlighting tool for websites and PDFs. Once highlighted you can then organise these into folders and sub-folders, along with creating citations automatically for you for help with referencing. Multiple colours allow for full customisation and notes can be added to the highlighted text to remind yourself why it may be useful. 

Help & how to get started: