Have you ever written a research paper and come back to compile your references, only to find you’ve forgotten where you got a quote from? Or maybe your reference system consists of scribbles kept on a series of scraps of paper?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to store all of this information and then copy it automatically into a document, rather than typing it out manually? This is what reference management software is for.
You can collate all of your references in one place and automatically generate bibliographies in the citation style appropriate to your needs, search for articles or other research papers, compile a list of material you are interested in, and access this from anywhere online.
There are a number of different tools to do this, but this post explores one particular free reference management software package: Mendeley. As an added feature, there is also a social media aspect to Mendeley, allowing you to connect with other researchers in your field, and it will provide you with recommendations for other papers to read based on your activity on the site.
Go to http://www.mendeley.com for more information and to install the software.
Although there are instructions on the site, we have also produced a beginners ‘How-to’ Guide, which is available in hard copy in the library and in pdf format: Mendeley Online Guide.
You can find out more about the different types of Reference Management software available on the Oxford LibGuide.
Please come and ask in the library if you need assistance and we will be happy to help!