Reference management tools

Managing your bibliographic references helps you stay organised and can save you a lot of time

Reference management tools help you keep track of the books, book chapters, journal articles or any other material you use in your research.

Think of your reference management tool as a filing cabinet that allows you to manage references from LibrarySearch, databases, Google Scholar and the wider web. You can use it:

Choose your reference management tool

RefWorks

  • Web based reference management tool that is free to use while you're at Kent and fully supported by the University.
  • RefWorks allows you to import references directly from databases (unlike Mendeley and Zotero).
  • Before you leave the University, you can set up a free alumni account and migrate your content into it, but you can't add new references to it.

Managing your references using RefWorks (YouTube video)

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Mendeley

  • Works with Windows, Mac and Linux and has iOS and Android apps. You can download it to your desktop, use it web based and it's also available on student PCs on campus. You get 2GB free space and can upgrade the storage at a cost.
  • You can drag and drop documents straight into Mendeley.
  • When you leave the University you can just carry on using Mendeley and don't have to migrate your content.

Managing your references using Mendeley (YouTube video)

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Zotero

  • Works with Windows, Mac and Linux and can be synced across different devices. You get 300MB free space and can upgrade the storage at a cost.
  • Zotero is an open-source tool that is supported by an online community.
  • When you leave the University you can just carry on using Zotero and don't have to migrate your content.
More about Zotero

If you have a Mac

Which reference management tool you should use depends on the word processing program you have on your Mac:

What is referencing?

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Find your referencing style

Before you add references to your chosen reference management tool, you need to know which referencing (or citation) style you need to use.

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