There are several popular reference management applications, but the features they have in common include:
This guide focusses on using RefWorks, available to staff and students at St George's, University of London.
Most reference management programs work in the same way: first, you import reference data from a source such as Hunter or Ovid search tool, then use the software together with Word to generate references and bibliographies in the correct style.
Each application has its own pros and cons and suits different styles of working, so it can take some time to decide which one is right for you. A useful comparison table has been created by the University of Oxford.
At SGUL, we provide support, training, and free access to RefWorks. See the other pages of this guide for more information on how to use this software. Also on this page is a list of other options you may wish to consider, although please note that we are unable to provide support and training for these should you encounter any issues.
Free options - more advanced functionality (May take a little more time to get used to. Suitable for postgraduates, or those preparing dissertations and longer pieces of academic writing)
Paid for option (Very advanced and powerful functionality. Suitable for postgraduate research projects)