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Using a Reference Manager

Using a Reference Manager

You need to use reference manager software to produce a professional piece of work.

A Reference Manager is a place to organise and store your references/papers/articles once you download them from your database search. The software is not to be confused with databases such as SciFinder, Google Scholar, or Web of Knowledge.

Please allow yourself time to learn how to use one of the many free options available, or make sure you have access to EndNote which your university will likely provide.

My recommendation for a free option is Mendeley – free software which means you can access your library on any computer, anywhere, and you won’t be restricted by your host institution’s licensing laws.

If you consider a time when you finally leave university, you will probably want to take your library with you if you are working in research.

You could also try Zotero, or ReadCube – see which one you prefer. They will all make your academic life much, much easier.

As a brief introduction, here’s a link to a presentation by Dr Vicki Ronaldson (University of Edinburgh Alumni) who explains how a good Reference Manager can benefit your writing skills.

Presentation: Reference Managers

And some links for getting started with Mendeley:

Mendeley Getting Started Guide
Mendeley Support