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Getting started with reference management

Reference management software

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.