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:
- to store and organise your references
- to create a reference list or bibliography for your assignment, dissertation or thesis
- to insert your references into your work
- with the correct referencing style for your academic school or publisher.
Not sure what referencing is or how to do it at Kent?
New to reference management? Need a refresher?
- Start with this interactive guide (pdf)
- Come to one of our Mendeley sessions on 23, 24, 27 or 28 January!
Choose your reference management tool
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.
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.
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:
- Microsoft Word 2011: use RefWorks
- Microsoft Word 2016: use Mendeley or Zotero or RefWorks One Line/Cite View (YouTube video)
- No Microsoft Word:
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.
- find the style used by your academic school
- check your publisher's author guidelines.
Try Cite them right online, a tool that helps you correctly cite any information source.