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Introduction to reference management tools - Discontinued

How do I attend?

To join a session or watch a recording of an earlier session visit the Library Online Training website. Please allow enough time to verify your setup and do an audio check.


Reference (or bibliographic) management tools enable you to store and manage your references and automatically generate bibliographies in a variety of styles. This session will give you an overview of some freely available reference management tools, and there will be a brief look at three of the better known commercial tools.  This is an ideal session for new students who would like to know what is available and the best tool to choose for their studies.

Who's it for?

Any OU member (staff or student) can attend this session.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session you should:

  • Know about some freely available tools
  • Know which tool is most appropriate for your level of study
  • Know about transferring references from Library databases to tools
  • Know about .ris files

Recording of session

Please note: since this recording was made it has been announced that RefMe is merging with CiteThisForMe and will no longer be free. There is further information in this news item and a list of free alternatives to RefMe on the Bibliographic Management page.

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