What is reference management software?

Reference management software (also known as citation management software or bibliographic management software) helps students to record, manage and add bibliographic citations or references to their assignments.

Reference management tools can import references from databases, save PDFs, and work with Word to insert citations and automatically generate bibliographies, although as with any computer system, they do take time to learn.

Two commonly used systems at Leeds Beckett are Zotero and EndNote, although neither is directly supported by the University.

Before choosing a reference management tool, you should make sure you have a basic understanding of referencing. Detailed guidance on referencing is available and further advice on reference management is available via your Academic Librarian.

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