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An introduction to reference management programs, also known as citation managers or bibliographic management software
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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.

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