Reference management software allows you to keep your own personal database of references for papers, reviews and other documents you have collected as part of your work. This allows you to quickly search and review the items you have studied. Reference management software also helps you when it comes to writing your paper by automatically formatting your citations and creating a bibliography in any one of hundreds of different reference styles.
There are numerous reference management software packages available. The University makes RefWorks and EndNote Web available free of charge to University members. The full EndNote package can be purchased by University members at a discounted rate from the IT Services shop. Others can be downloaded free of charge over the Internet. These include Mendeley and Zotero which provide free basic accounts, although these are limited in the storage space available. If you are using LaTeX to process documents containing large amounts of mathematical formulae and expressions, you may find BibTeX a useful resource.
The Bodleian Libraries and IT Services run courses every term on reference management software, from basic to advanced level. If you are unable to attend a course then you can contact the library and ask for one-on-one assistance. The box below contains a number of quick start guides for several reference management packages.
These documents provide quick 'how to' guides to help get you started with several different reference management packages.