Reference management tools

Reference management tools allow you to organise, manage and use information found for your assignment. They allow organisation and storage of different resource types, meaning all your information is in the same place.

There are many different reference management tools now available to use. Some are very basic and free, while others are more sophisticated and complex and require a subscription. Below is a list of common tools that you may find useful during your study.

For more information on what each of the major software options listed above and how they compare see What are the different reference management tools good for?

You'll find out more about how to use these tools to assist your referencing in Module 4: Use.

Note: Referencing software and tools are complex and require time to learn. We don't necessarily recommend using them immediately as an early undergraduate student especially if you are just wanting a system to organise your sources.