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Community & Health Sciences: Library Research Support: Reference Management Tools

Why Manage your References?

Research builds on research that has been done before and although it is essential that you show that you are aware of the current thinking in an area by referencing key works, you should also but also that you credit sources that have influenced your own work. This allows readers of your work to trace original sources that you have used as a basis for your arguments.. By providing an accurate list of references and properly citing your sources you demonstrate the range and depth of the research that you have done, as well as acknowledging the work of others. Failure to adhere to the basic principles of referencing amounts to plagiarism which is a major disciplinary offence.

In order to create an accurate bibliography, it is essential to keep accurate records of the books, journal articles and other sources that you have used. Trying to recall a reference for something you read several months ago (or even years in the case of a Masters or PhD) is a time-consuming nuisance all researchers have experienced at one time or another. The key to avoiding this is to manage your references as you proceed through your reading and research.

Reference Management Software

One of the key challenges of managing your references is keeping track of them all in an orderly way. Reference management software can be used for recording and utilising bibliographic citations or references.

Referencing software will help you manage your references, but many products also offer the facility to format citations in your document as you are writing. On this page are two reference management tools such as Mendeley and EndNote which will automatically help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

How to Use EndNote in Minutes

Manual Referencing Guides

Why and How we Cite Tutorial

This Self-paced Tutorial combines guidance, illustrations and videos to explain why, what and how should one cite.

Navigate to specific topics directly.  Also, try the interactive quizzes for Unit 1 and Unit 2.

Test what you know about citation and referencing!

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APA Reference Style Guide

This resource explains some of the more common applications of the APA style. It is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.)

Havard Reference Style Guide

This quick guide provides examples to help you create references for information sources most frequently used.



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.

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app
  • Learn how to master Mendeley through a series of videos


EndNote is reference management software with features to—

Keep all your references and reference-related materials in a searchable personal library.

  • Synchronize your references between up to three of your personal computers, an online library, and your iOS device, through EndNote Sync. (You must be the owner and user of all three computers.)

  • Share your references with collaborators through EndNote Sync.

  • Use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.

             Explore EndNote Libguide: Information on using EndNote, with links to resources.