Using a tool to manage and create references can be really helpful, especially when dealing with a large number of references. These tools, known as bibliographic or reference management tools, allow you to collect and save details of the resources you've used in your work. They can then automatically generate references, reference lists, and bibliographies in various referencing styles.
When choosing a tool to manage your references, you'll find both free and paid options available. Keep in mind that free versions might have limitations, like limited storage space. There are different types of tools to consider:
The Open University doesn't endorse any specific product, but this Selecting a reference management tool activity will help you choose the right one for you. Wikipedia provides a page containing an extensive comparison of tools you may also find useful.
Staff and postgraduate researchers using OU-managed devices can obtain the EndNote software by contacting the IT helpdesk.
The library provides a training session that gives an Introduction to reference management tools and an activity that provides help when using Reference management tools with library databases (requires login).
The Library helpdesk does not provide support for these tools. However, below is a list of links to various help materials for some of the more popular tools. If you are still struggling to find an answer to your question, please contact the supplier directly.
|Endnote||Endnote YouTube||EndNote technical support|
|Endnote Basic (Free)||Endnote Basic YouTube|
|Mendeley (Free)||Mendeley YouTube||Mendeley Support Center|
|Papers||Papers YouTube||Papers Support Home|
|Zotero (Free)||Zotero YouTube||Zotero documentation and forums|
|Google Scholar Button||GSB on You Tube|
|MyBib||MyBib Intro Guide|