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Managing your references   Tags: citing sources, reference management  

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Study Skills at Oxford

The University provides a set of study skills guides. These include information about plagiarism and referencing.

  • Oxford Study Skills
    Study guides covering referencing, plagiarism, revision and time management skills.

What is reference management software?

Reference management software, also known as citation management software, allows you to:

  • collect references
  • store references in a web account or on your desktop
  • organise references
  • add notes to your references
  • link to full text, web pages and documents
  • cite your references and create bibliographies

Some also have additional features such as:

  • sharing your references
  • pdf highlighting
  • collaboration
  • social networking

Choosing your reference management software

For a comparison the pros and cons and of the features of some of the most common reference managers see the comparison table tab.  For more detailed information about these reference managers - including sources of help and training - refer to their individual tabs. 

You may also find it helpful to test different reference managers to see which one you prefer working with.  Particular things you will want to consider consider when choosing your reference manager are:

  1. Accessibility - desktop, web-based or web browser extension
  2. Is the citation / reference style you need to use available?
  3. Is the software compatible with the word processor you use?
  4. If you want to share your references with colleagues, what do they use?

Importing References from SOLO

You can now import references from SOLO in to virtually any reference manager. SOLO offers dedicated export options for RefWorks and EndNote online, but can now also export an RIS formatted text file which is compatible with many different reference managers.

To use the RIS, EndNote online or RefWorks export options -

1. Locate the full record in SOLO for the item you wish to export.

2. Click on the 'Details' tab.

3. At the top right of the 'Details' tab, click on the 'Export Options' menu and then select the export option you want from the drop down list that appears.


Contact us

This guide was originally created by Elisabeth Atkinson.

For help with reference management contact:
(user education) 
(physical sciences) 
(life sciences) (social sciences)
(history) (business)


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