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Pharmacy: Managing your references

Managing your references

Reference management software (also called bibliographic management or citation management) can save 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.  QUB subscribes to and offers support on Endnote.

The link below takes you to the Referencing subject guide.

Getting started with Endnote

This session is aimed at postgraduate students and staff in the School of Pharmacy who want to start using Endnote to manage their references.  During the session you will learn how to add references, organise references, and use Cite While You Write to cite references and create bibliography.

  • 26th October  (2:30-4pm) via Microsoft Teams
  • 14th November (2:30 -4pm) via MS TEams

Registration is essential:  

  • For PGTs and PGRs please register via MyFuture
  • For staff and Postdocs please email Angela, to book your place

Tools to help understand referencing

Below is a link to a useful online guide explaining the importance of referencing and outlining some of the key styles.

Books on Managing References

How to reference NICE guidelines (Harvard)

To reference NICE guidelines you will need:-

  • Corporate authors name
  • Year of publication or year of update
  • Title of guidance: type of guidance and (its letternumber combination)
  • Web address
  • Date you accessed it 


Corporate author's name (year of publication or update if there has been an update) Title of guidance: type of guidance and (its letternumber combination). Available from: [Accessed: day month year].


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2018) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (NICE guideline 116). Available at: [Accessed: 16 August 2019].

In text citation:-

(National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2018)

NB after the first citation you can abbreviate National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to NICE