Before using a reference manager it is essential you understand the principles of referencing. Please take a look at the relevant guidance for the referencing style you have been told to use (if in doubt check your module handbook or speak to your tutor):
For guidance on effective referencing see the Academic Integrity Module on MyBeckett.
For guidance on improving your writing see the Skills for Learning guides.
If you are writing to publish you will find most Journal referencing styles are available through Zotero, if in doubt contact the publisher for guidance.
The reference management tools supported at Leeds Beckett are Zotero and Endnote. These tools help you collect and organise your references and cite them in multiple styles in word processors. This guide will show you how to install the software and build your library. All tools work across different platforms, and each web importer works on most browsers, however it is advised that you check the websites to confirm yours are supported.
Choosing a reference management tool is a decision based on personal preference of specific features, or a need to use the same tool as colleagues. Below are some features of potential interest to different students:
If you are still unsure which tool is best for you, we suggest Zotero as the most straightforward. If you want to change to another tool at any time, you can export your library. If you need further advice please contact your Academic Librarian.