Reference management tools

Reference management tools

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

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RefWorks

Web based reference mangement 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.

 

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Mendeley

Works with Windows, Mac and Linux and has iOS and Android apps. You can download it to your desktop and also use it web based. 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.

 

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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.

 

If you have an Apple Mac

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

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.

Try Cite them right online, a tool that helps you correctly cite any information source - find out more about Cite them right.


Need help?

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Last Updated: 29/03/2019