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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)

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)

Mendeley for reference management and more…

Each term we run a series of workshops to introduce different reference management tools. On Wednesday 1 Feb we will look at Mendeley.

Mendeley is now one of the most popular reference management tools, combining 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.

If you are looking for an alternative to RefWorks or Endnote or are new to reference management, why not come along to Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Wednesday 1st February, 14.00-17.00) to find out more and try it out.  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 (Wednesday 1st February, 14.00-17.00)

(If you are an advanced user of Mendeley you need only attend the second part, starting at 15.30.)

Endnote and Mendeley for the Medical Sciences Division

The Knowledge Centre Library on the Old Road Campus is running regular workshops for the Medical Sciences Division on the reference management tools, Endnote and Mendeley which have been booking up super fast.  Our next available dates are:

  • Endnote – 15 November 15.00-16.00 at the Knowledge Centre > Book Now
  • Mendeley – 17 November 15.00-16.00 at the Knowledge Centre > Book Now

These workshops are for students, researchers and staff in the Medical Sciences Division only  (please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you’re not sure of your eligibility).  The workshops cover the  main features of Endnote and Mendeley including how to add and organise references and PDF documents and how to use these tools to create in-text citations or footnotes and to generate bibliographies.

Booking is essential!  Please follow the links above

Endnote and Mendeley “Up the Hill”

The Knowledge Centre Library on the Old Road Campus is running regular workshops for the Medical Sciences Division on the reference management tools, Endnote and Mendeley which have been booking up super fast.  However, there are still a few places left on the following dates:

  • Endnote – 31st October 15.00-16.00 at the Knowledge Centre > Book Now
  • Mendeley – 27 October 10.00-11.00 at the Knowledge Centre > Book Now
  • Mendeley – 3 November 10.00-11.00 at the Knowledge Centre > Book Now

These workshops are for students, researchers and staff in the Medical Sciences Division only  (please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you’re not sure of your eligibility).  The workshops cover the  main features of Endnote and Mendeley including how to add and organise references and PDF documents and how to use these tools to create in-text citations or footnotes and to generate bibliographies.

Booking is essential!  Please follow the links above

Reference Management workshops in Trinity 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!

Continuing on Friday 13th May with Zotero, 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: Choosing and using software (Tuesday 17th May 09:15-12:15; repeated Thursday 9th June 14:00-17:00)
This introductory session gives an overview of how reference management works, explores the pros and cons of a wide range of reference management packages and gives 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, ColWiz and Papers.

Referencing: Zotero (Friday 13th May 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.

Referencing: RefWorks for Humanities (Wednesday 18th 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.
If you missed out on Referencing: RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences in Week 1, you may still come along to RefWorks for Humanities. The two sessions are similar although they use different examples in the demonstrations.

Referencing: Mendeley (Friday 20th May 09:15-12:15)
Mendely 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.

Choosing and using software for referencing your work

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 to our introductory session on Thursday 28th January. 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 28th January 9.15-12.15; repeated Friday 19th February 9.15-12.15)

 

Tools to make your academic life easier – Mendeley and RefWorks for reference management

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. In particular, reference management software can ensure that you have all the information you need for each citation or reference and that its formatted correctly for your chosen citation style.  It will even allow you to change citation style at the touch of a button!

Next week Bodleian Libraries will be running workshops on two of the most popular reference management tools: Mendeley and RefWorks.

Mendeley is still a relatively new reference manager but is now one of the most popular. It is really good at all the reference management basics such as creating in-text citations and bibliographies and in addition has features for collaboration and social networking as well as the popular Mendeley Papers Library.   Mendeley was created by scientists for scientists, but these days is used by everyone. However, those who need to cite manuscripts or special collections materials should be slightly wary of it, as it does not support these materials as well as some other reference managers. To find out more about Mendeley and to try it out for yourself come along to our workshop Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management next Tuesday 2nd June 9.30-12.15  >book your place online.

RefWorks is a well established reference manager.   It does all the reference management basics such as creating in-text citations and bibliographies really well and is very easy to use.   It works well for all disciplines, but is particularly useful if you need to modify citation styles, for example in order to cite rare materials such as manuscripts or special collections.  In addition, if you are an Oxford Historian, it is a particularly good choice as the Oxford History Faculty Style is available from RefWorks.     However, it only really works online so it is not a great choice if you spend a lot of time without internet access.     To find out more about RefWorks and to try it out, come along to Bodleian Libraries’ workshop RefWorks for Humanities next Wednesday 3rd June 14.00-17.00. This workshop is open to all though the examples used will focus on the Humanities.  >book your place online.

To find out more about reference management software options and to compare their features see Bodleian Libraries LibGuide on reference management.

Citations and bibliographies made easy with Mendeley

Mendeley is now one of the most popular reference management tools, combining 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.

If you are looking for an alternative to RefWorks or Endnote or are new to reference management, why not come along to Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Tuesday 2nd June  9.30-12.15) to find out more and try it out.  This session will cover:

  • 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

Book your place online for iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management

Reference management – tools to save you time…

Creating and formatting bibliographies, footnotes and in text citations for your papers and publication is a chore which steals time from your research and can be a very frustrating experience.   Reference Management software is there to help you and is particularly useful if you’re publishing or writing a long document such as a thesis or dissertation.    It helps you by:

  • Storing details of all the items that you want to cite so they are easily to hand when you need them
  • Formatting your references correctly for your chosen citation style (or the style specified by your Department or publisher) .
  • Reformatting your references at a touch of a button. This can be particularly useful if you send a paper to a number of different publishers.

There are a lot of different reference management packages on the market and one of your first tasks will be to choose which one to use.    You will find some brief notes on four of the most popular reference managers below, together with details of training courses on each package.

RefWorks

  • The Bodleian Libraries have a RefWorks subscription so it’s free for you to use as a member of Oxford University or as an alumni.
  • RefWorks is web based which means that you can use it whenever you have an internet connection. However, it does not work offline and so is unsuitable if you work in locations without internet.
  • It has a word processor plug in that creates bibliographies and citations in MS Word. However, it is very difficult to use with other word processing packages.
  • It works on computers running Windows and Mac but not on Linux.

Bodleian Libraries run regular workshops on RefWorks:

  • RefWorks for Humanities (Wed 28 Jan 14.00-17.00) > Book a place
  • RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Fri 20 Feb 9.15-12.15)  > Book a place
    Note –  We use different examples in the Humanities and Sciences workshops.  However, if you cannot make the most appropriate workshop for your discipline, please feel free to attend the other workshop as they are very similar.

Endnote

  • Endnote comes in several different versions including the “desktop” version and “Endnote web”.
  • The “desktop” version of Endnote can be installed as a programme on your computer rather like MS Office or Excel.  It has many advanced features and in particular is useful if you work with unusual document types such as legal materials, manuscripts or special collections.   Endnote is also useful if you need to modify a citation style (if for example you want to create your own version of Harvard, APA or any other style).  However, you have to purchase the software and a licence for each computer you use (currently £95 per computer from the IT Services shop).   This can be expensive if you use a lot of different computers.   It works both online and offline and the Endnote word processor plug in works with MS Word, Libre Office and with some versions of Pages.
  • The “Endnote web” version of Endnote is very basic and lacks many of the features of the Desktop version. However, it is free for members of Oxford University.  You can access it whenever you have an internet connection and from any computer, but like RefWorks it is not available offline.  The Word processor plug in for Endnote web only works with MS Word.
  • You can use the “desktop” and “web” versions of Endnote together. Using the two together allows you to benefit from the full features of “Desktop” when you are on your own computer but to have access to Endnote from computers which do not have the software installed when needed.
  • IT Services run regular training sessions on Endnote.  See the online catalogue (note scroll down to E)

Zotero

  • Zotero is free for a basic account but you may find that you need to pay a subscription if you require more storage space (currently $10 per month for unlimited storage)
  • It has online and desktop versions which allow you to access your references from lots of different computers and other devices and when you are both online and offline.
  • Zotero is good at capturing web pages and takes snapshots (pictures) of web pages so that you can refer to them later.
  • The Zotero word processor plug in works with MS Word and Libre Office
  • Zotero works on Windows, Mac and Linux

Mendeley

  • Mendeley is free for a basic account but you may find that you need to pay a subscription if you require more storage space (currently £11.99 per month for unlimited storage but cheaper options are available)
  • It is has online and desktop versions which allow you to access your references from lots of different computers and other  devices and when you are both online and offline.
  • Like Zotero it is good at capturing web pages and online resources
  • It has very strong collaboration and social networking tools and makes it easy to share references with others (for example with a research group)
  • The Mendeley word processor plug in works with MS Word and Libre Office
  • Mendeley works on Windows, Mac and Linux

The Bodleian Libraries run termly classes on Mendeley:  Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for Reference Management (Fri 27 Feb 9.15-12.15) > Book your place.

Not sure which package to use?

If you’re not sure which package to use why not come to one of the Bodleian iSkills: Tech Tools – Reference Management workshops. These workshops introduce reference management tools generally and allow you to try out the four packages above yourself with help at hand.  Bodleian iSkills: Tech Tools – Reference Management will be running on Wed 4 Feb 9.30-12.15 and will be repeated on Wed 18 Feb 14.15-17.00.  You can book a place at either workshop online.