Reference management programs (also known as citation managers or bibliographic management software) provide many useful features that can help you with your research such as:
- Storing and organising your references, and
- Generating citations and bibliographies in the style you prefer.
As there are a number of different programs available it is important to choose the one that suits your needs. The University of Melbourne has licensed access to: EndNote, RefWorks, and EndNote Online.
This guide gives information on these and other programs available and the issues you should consider when selecting a program. Navigate the guide using the blue tabs.
Please note: it is not compulsory to use any of these programs. If you have only basic computer skills you may be better off managing your references using traditional means.