Referencing – need help?


Creating and formatting correctly your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliography for your thesis or publication can be a right chore!  Reference management software can make the task much easier by helping you build libraries of references and add citations and bibliographies to your documents.  In particular, reference management software can ensure that you have all the information you need for each citation or reference and that it’s formatted correctly for your chosen citation style.  It will even allow you to change citation style at the touch of a button!

Each term, Bodleian libraries offer a series of workshops that guide you through effectively using the most appropriate reference management software for your work.  This term we start with ‘Choosing and Using Software’, a workshop that introduces and compares some of the main reference management packages available; and we follow this with workshops looking in more detail at individual packages. Please follow links to book online for each session.

Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Fri 26 Jan 14.00-17.00; repeated Mon 19 Feb 9.30-12.15)
This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of software packages and gives you the opportunity to try out five different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Papers) so that you can work out which one is best for you.  We repeat the workshop in February.

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences 
(Wed 31 Jan 14.00-17.00)

RefWorks is a web-based reference manager provided free to members of Oxford University via the Bodleian Libraries’ institutional subscription.  You can log in to RefWorks using your Oxford Single Sign-On or you can create an individual account. This introduction to RefWorks is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Science and Social Science examples.

Referencing: Mendeley
(Tue 20 February 14.00-17.00)
Mendeley is a freely available reference manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop and mobile versions.  You can sync your library between these different versions and across different computers.

Referencing: Zotero
(Thu 22 Feb 14:00-17:00)
Zotero is a free, open-source program that can be downloaded as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and as a standalone program that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities
(Tue 27 Feb 14.00-17.00)
This introduction to RefWorks is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

To find out more about reference management software options and to compare their features, have a look at Bodleian Libraries LibGuide on reference management.