Working on a piece of coursework, a dissertation or a research project? Need to keep track of all the references you have found? Overwhelmed by the range of bibliographic software tools available, and don't know which one to use?
If you are doing intensive research you may want to use reference management programs (also known as citation manager or bibliographic management software). Using reference management software can save you many hours of compiling, checking, and correcting your references, and improves consistency and accuracy.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and social network. Mendeley's features include:
- PDF annotation and highlighting
- Organization and sharing of your PDFs, including annotations, with others
- Bibliography formatting using over 1,000 journal citation styles
- Personal profile building that allows you to showcase your research
- Learn to use Mendeley (YouTube)
Zotero is a free, open-source web browser-based tool that allows you to:
- Create a library of self-indexed files, including PDFs, images, video, and more
- Tag items in your library for easy grouping and retrieval
- Format manuscripts and bibliographies in over 1,000 journal citation styles
- Form and join research groups that share access to a common file library
- Learn to use Zotero (YouTube). Credit: Ohio University
EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.
(On-site access via Université de Strasbourg libraries for MSS students).
- Record, store and manage references
- Add references manually or search and download directly from online databases and library catalogues
- Use a feature called Cite While You Write which allows you to insert references and automatically create bibliographies for your papers
Need Help? Contact your librarian.