Reference management software, also known as bibliographic management software, allows you to store details of the useful references you find. You can then use it to insert citations in your documents and it will automatically add a bibliography at the end in a style of your choosing.
There are various options available for managing your references electronically. This guide gives information and guidance on some of the software options. Use the tabs above to explore these.
The Library supports the use of EndNote and Mendeley by offering online information, training and 1-1 support. We do not formally support any of the other packages mentioned in this guide, although we have provided links to external support, such as videos and support forums.
Watch our video for a comparison of the two versions of EndNote and Mendeley to help you choose which one is right for you.
We have selected the most frequently used tools for inclusion in this guide, but there are many others...
A consistent and accurate bibliography could make the difference between a 2:1 and a First!
Our detailed Citing references guide includes help on different referencing styles and includes examples to follow for lots of different types of publication.
Your Academic Liaison Librarian can advise on formatting references in the correct style, and with using EndNote and Mendeley for managing your references and using them in your work.
Contact the Study Advice team for advice on using references in your work, both to support your arguments and to avoid plagiarism.