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Pharmacology: Managing your References

Guide to Oxford University library resources, facilities and services for students and staff in Pharmacology.
Subjects: Pharmacology

Links for Reference Management

Reference Management

Cite your sources & create your bibliography

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. 

Choice of software

There are a range of reference management software packages available. The university makes the packages 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 OUCS shop. In addition to these packages, several others can be downloaded free of charge over the Internet. These include packages such as 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.

Using the Software

Both the Bodleian Libraries and OUCS run a range of courses every term which cover the use of 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 with using t his software. There is also a large amount of material available on-line to help you get started with reference management software. See some of the other links on this page for where to go next. The box below contains a number of quick start guides for several reference management packages that you can download and print.

Quick Help Guides

These documents provide quick 'how to' guides to help get you started with several different reference management packages.

PubMed & RefWorks

Importing from PubMed to RefWorks 

From your PubMed results list:
  1. Tick the boxes of the records you want.
  2. Click on Send to Clipboard > Add to Clipboard.
  3. Click on Send to. Choose the Destination 'File' and the Format 'MEDLINE'.
  4. Click on Create File, then Save it to the Desktop as a text file. Note the file name. 
  5. Open RefWorks and Log in.
  6. In Refworks, hover on References dropdown and select Import.
  7. Make sure Import Filter/Data Source is NLM/PubMed and Database is PubMed.  You can also select a folder to import the file directly into if you wish.
  8. Browse your computer files for the PubMed results text file you saved from PubMed above.
  9. Click on Import.

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