Category Archives: Reference Management

Reference Management workshops in Michaelmas Term

Do you need to create in-text citations or footnotes or to build a bibliography?  If so, then 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!

In addition to our very popular workshops on Choosing and Using reference management software, Bodleian libraries offer a series of workshops that guide you through effectively using the most appropriate reference management software for your work. Please follow links to book online for each session.

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 1st November 09:15-12:15)
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.
If you missed out on Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities in Week 3, you may still come along to RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences. The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 3rd November 02:00-17:00)
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: Mendeley (Thursday 16th November 09:15-12:15)
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.

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

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences

On Wednesday 1st November, our popular ‘Referencing’ workshop series looks at RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences.

RefWorks is a well-established online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. Our workshop will introduce the main features of RefWorks including:

  • signing up for RefWorks
  • adding references to RefWorks from a range of databases and online resources
  • inserting references into Word documents
  • formatting (and reformatting) references using citation styles
  • creating bibliographies

…and plenty of hands-on practice!

The workshop is open to anyone looking for an introduction to RefWorks but the section on importing references will focus on Science/Social Science examples.

Please book your place online

Mendeley for reference management and more….

Reference management tools are invaluable for keeping on top of your bibliographies and references.  With a reference management tool you can systematically build libraries of references and effortlessly add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents.  Each term we run a series of workshops to introduce different reference management tools, and on Friday 2nd June we will look at Mendeley.

Mendeley is now one of the most popular reference managers, offering the traditional features of reference management software (such as inserting references into word processed documents and building bibliographies), but also with additional features including facilities for collaboration and the ability to search Mendeley’s own library of papers.

Whether you are looking for an alternative to RefWorks or Endnote, are new to reference management or are already using Mendeley and want some help with specific features, come along to our Mendeley workshop: Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Friday 2nd June, 09.15-12.15) .  Here you can find out more, try it out and get any help you need with it.  This session will cover:

  • An overview of reference management with Mendeley
  • Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley Desktop
  • Adding, editing and organising references
  • Creating bibliographies
  • Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Using the Mendeley ‘Papers’ database
  • Collaboration and social networking with Mendeley

The workshop is free, but online booking is essential:
Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Friday 2nd June 09.15-12.15)

(If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 10.40.)

Choosing and using software for referencing

Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography?

Keep on top of it all with reference management software. 

Not sure which package to use? Come one of our introductory sessions. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out four different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

We run workshops every term on choosing and using Referencing software. The workshops are FREE, but online booking is required. Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Wednesday 24th May 14.00-17.00)

Referencing: Zotero

Another workshop from the Bodleian Libraries Referencing series, this one looks at Zotero.

What do we like about Zotero? Well, as with other reference management tools, it makes easy work of creating bibliographies and adding in-text citations or footnotes to your papers by keeping track of all the items you may wish to cite or add to a bibliography and by formatting your citations correctly for your chosen citation style.  It also shares the following features with Mendeley:

  • You can access Zotero online from multiple devices (computers, laptops, tablets and phones) and you can also use Zotero when you are offline
  • It works on Linux as well as on Windows and Mac and with both Microsoft Word and Libre Office
  • It is free for a basic account

In particular, Zotero is currently our most-recommended product for people using footnotes, which other reference managers can sometimes struggle with.

To find out more about Zotero and give it a test run, particularly if you are looking for a reference manager to help you manage your footnotes, come to our Referencing: Zotero workshop this Friday, 12th May 14.00-17.00. Attendance is FREE, but please book a place.

If you are interested in using a reference manager, but are not sure which one is best for you, why not come to our Choosing and Using workshop: Referencing: Choosing and Using Software.

Get help with your referencing with RefWorks

Why waste time struggling with footnotes and bibliographies when you have Reference Management tools to do the job for you?  Bodleian Libraries run a number of workshops to help you try out different Reference Management tools, and in Week 2 we will be looking at RefWorks.

RefWorks can help firstly by keeping all your references in one place so that you have everything you need when you come to cite a source or create a bibliography; and secondly by formatting your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies for you.  Yes, it actually does your citations and bibliographies for you!  No need for you to remember which bits of the citation go in italics, where you need a full stop, or when to use parentheses…

Bodleian Libraries have a subscription to RefWorks which makes it free not only for current Oxford staff and students but also for Oxford alumni.  Find out more by booking a place on one of this term’s RefWorks workshops:

 Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Tuesday 2 May 9.15-12.15)

Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Friday 19 May 09.15-12.15)

Choosing and Using Reference Management Software

Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography? Keep on top of it all with reference management software. Not sure which package to use? Come one of our introductory sessions. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, and ColWiz.

Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Friday 3rd March 9.15-12.15)

Get organised and save time with RefWorks

No one has enough time, and certainly not enough time to spend hours working on fiddly footnotes and bibliographies.  Thankfully tools like RefWorks can help with this by keeping all your references in one place so that you have everything you need when you come to cite a source or create a bibliography and secondly by formatting your in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies for you.  Yes, RefWorks actually does your citations and bibliographies for you!  No longer do you need to remember which bits of the citation go in italics, where you need a full stop, or when to use parentheses as RefWorks will handle all that for you.

What is even better news is that Bodleian Libraries have a subscription to RefWorks which makes it free not only for current Oxford staff and students but also for Oxford alumni.      Find our more by booking a place at  Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities on Friday 24 Feb 9.15-12.15.

Choosing and using Reference Management software

Struggling with your in-text citations/footnotes or bibliography? Keep on top of it all with reference management software. Not sure which package to use? Come one of our introductory sessions. We will give an overview of how reference management works, explore the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and give you the opportunity to try out five different packages so that you can work out which one is best for you. The packages included are RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, and ColWiz.

Book online for:
Referencing: Choosing and using software
(Thursday 16th February 0915-12.15; repeated Friday 3rd March 9.15-12.15)

Manage your references with Zotero

Adding in-text citations or footnotes to your papers and creating a bibliography can be a time consuming and fiddly task.  Reference management tools make this task much easier by keeping track of all the items you may wish to cite or add to a bibliography and by formatting your citations correctly for your chosen citation style. There are lots of reference management tools out there but the Bodleian iSkills team particularly recommends Endnote, RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero, and runs regular workshops on all of these tools.

Next up in this term’s series of Reference Management workshops is ‘Zotero’. The things that we particularly like about Zotero are:

  • You can access Zotero online from multiple devices (computers, laptops, tablets and phones) and you can also use Zotero when you are offline
  • It works on Linux as well as on Windows and Mac and with both Microsoft Word and Libre Office
  • It is free for a basic account (though if you need lots of storage you will need to pay a subscription.  Having said that, if you just use it to store references and keep your full text pdf documents somewhere else, then the basic account should easily do the job!)

To find out more about Zotero and give it a test run come to our workshop next Thursday 9th Feb 09.15-12.15 > book your place