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Reference management software

This guide introduces reference management software and the options available to users of UCL Library Services.

Using reference management software for assignments

Reference management software is a worthwhile tool to use when writing assignments, even if you are working with only a few references.

Storage and organisation

Reference management software enables you to store references and organise them systematically. This helps you to keep track of what you have read and helps you to cite accurately.  Some reference management software allows you to store associated full text on the desktop or Cloud storage system.

What do I need to learn?

To use reference management software effectively for assignments, you will need to learn how to do the follwing in the software package of your choice:

  • create a 'library';

  • collect references, by exporting from online resources such as bibliographic databases;

  • organise your library by using groups in EndNote, folders or tags in Mendeley, or collections in Zotero;

  • be familiar with how to construct references for different resources in your chosen referencing style;  

  • edit references manually in the event the imported data is incorrect;

  • use the software package with Microsoft Word, or other word-processor, to insert in-text citations and generate bibliographies.  

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