It’s essential, as you to collect references through literature searching, to use reference management software. Reference management software will save you a lot of time and stress as you work on any assignment or output which involves sources you have read and collected. The Library provides support for using four different tools. Your librarian or your department will provide guidance on which tool may be the most appropriate for you to use. 

Reference management software

Using reference management software to store and manage your references can be a real time saver. You can capture reference information without typing in the details of your sources, you can organise references to suit your work flow and (the best bit!) you can 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, which is recommended for most undergraduates. For more information see RefWorks - here you will find guides and some short videos to help you.  

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 ‘Referencing with RefWorks.  

LaTeX users

For LaTeX users we provide information about BibTeX for LaTeX and run three different lunchtime workshops to support students in using LaTeX. 'Reference management using LaTex'.  

Other reference management software

To find out which reference management software package is right for you try our Reference management software comparison‌ (pdf).