Get help with your citations, footnotes and bibliography

Creating and formatting in-text citations, footnotes, bibliographies… what a chore!

When it comes to grappling with creating and formatting references for your thesis, there is software available that can make the task much easier.  Reference management software helps 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 started with ‘Mendeley’, a freely available referencing manager and academic social network.  If you missed this workshop and would like to know more about Mendeley, you can find the handouts and presentation slides here: and some further information about Mendeley here:  We also provide an introduction to Mendeley in our ‘Referencing: Choosing and using software’ workshop as detailed below.

Please follow links to book online for each session:

Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Tue 7 May 14.00-17.00; repeated Fri 17 May 09.15-12.15)
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 four different packages (RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley) so that you can work out which one is best for you.

We continue in Trinity Term with further workshops looking in more detail at individual packages:

Referencing: RefWorks
(Tue 23 May 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.

Referencing: Endnote
(Tue 28 May 14.00-17.00)
EndNote X8 is a desktop based reference management tool for Windows and Macs which helps you to build libraries of references and insert them into your Word document as in text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies. This software package is free to use on all University computers; and from August 2019 onwards members of Oxford University will also be able to use it for free on their own PCs and personal devices.

Referencing: Zotero
(Wed 12 June 09.15-12.15)
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.