In a rush?
Reference management software such as RefWorks can save you considerable time and stress, when it comes to collecting and citing references.
If you need any help with RefWorks, please email:
NB You should always check with your supervisor or publisher that the referencing style they are using is the correct one. Back up your documents - especially before making significant changes (i.e. merging or changing formats). Always carefully proofread your work - imported data can contain errors. The RefWorks team will always try to help, but you are responsible for backing up, protecting and preserving your documents.
Why use reference management software?
Reference management (also called bibliographic management or citation management) software saves you a great deal of time and effort when you are writing a paper, dissertation or thesis.
It enables you to store the references you collect while searching the literature, and will automatically format the citations in a word processor document, and produce a list of references at the end of that document formatted in the style of your choice (e.g. Harvard, Vancouver).
There are lots of reference management software packages to choose from: some require a subscription and some are free - see below for more information.
Other reference management software
Various free reference management software packages are available: e.g. Zotero, Mendeley and Qiqqa. The RefWorks team is happy to put together training sessions on these packages, please contact us to discuss (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A number of websites provide detailed comparisons of RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley and Qiqqa including:
- Metropolitan New York Library Council
- University of California Berkley Library
- Imperial College London Library
While Queen's does not have a university-wide subscription to Endnote, QUB users can use the free on-line version, Endnote Web. To do so, you need to sign up for a free Thomson Reuters personal account, either via the Endnote Web homepage, or through another Thomson Reuters resource subscribed to by Queen's (e.g. Web of Science).