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Referencing, Citing, and Structuring Bibliographies

A beginners' guide to referencing and bibliographies.

Free web-based reference managing tools

There are a number of free tools out there to help you reference easily! These are just a few of them:

Zotero is free bibliographic software extension for Firefox browser users. Features include automatic capture of information from websites, formatted citation export, integration with Microsoft Word.

BibSonomy is free social bookmarking service enabling exporting in a variety of formats and feeds.

JabRef is an open source bibliography reference manager that interfaces with Bibsonomy but can also be used stand-alone.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. It is primarily aimed at academic staff.

CiteFast is a quick online citation generator. Select your style, type in the bibliographis details, and paste the generated citation.

How can I access my references after I've finished my course or College employment?

When you finish your course, access to all electronic library resources, including RefWorks, will end due to licence agreements with suppliers. If you wish to keep your references choose from one of the options below. Make sure you do this before the end of your course.

  • You can create an alumni RefWorks account for free. To do this you will need to log in to your account, click your name at the top right hand side of the screen, and change your role to 'Alumni'
  • Export your references from Refworks as either a BibTex or RIS file and import them into a free reference management service on the Internet which may have more limited functionality. See the box to the left for options.
  • EndNote users, you can export your references in RIS or txt format along with a copy of your EndNote Library file to use at your next employment.
  • Purchase a personal copy of EndNote while still a student, at the heavily discounted student rate. For details and to purchase visit EndNote's student page.
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