This guide is intended for researchers, staff and students at the University of Oxford seeking support in reference management.
Use this guide to find tips on managing your references and software available to support your management of references.
The University provides a set of study skills guides. These include information about plagiarism and referencing.
Our Bodleian iSkills workshop Referencing: choosing and using software introduces the main features of reference management tools and considers the issues to think about when choosing software. View the introductory presentation from the workshop below and book a place at our next workshop to try out four different software tools for yourself.
Please note, the video explains that the software EndNote needs to be purchased for use on personal computers. As of August 2019, EndNote can be downloaded and installed for free through the University's subscription: https://register.it.ox.ac.uk/self/software?swp=endnote.
Prefer text? The information in the video is summarized in the text boxes below
Reference management software, also known as citation management software, allows you to:
Some also have additional features such as:
For a comparison of the pros and cons and of the features of some of the most common reference managers, see the comparison table. For more detailed information about these reference managers, including sources of help and training, refer to their individual tabs at the top of this page.
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 when choosing your reference manager are:
If you're having an issue with a reference management tool, please email us at the address below. Please give us as much information as you can, particularly:
Contact us at email@example.com.
You can export references from SOLO into virtually any reference manager. SOLO offers dedicated export options for RefWorks and EndNote Online and you can 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. Under 'Export options' select the export option you wish to use (RefWorks, EndNote or RIS).