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References - get organised!

There are many different tools that you can use to keep your references in order and all in the one place.  Best of all, many of them also help you cite properly as you write.

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Bibliographic management software

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Bibliographic management software (also known as citation or referencing management software) allows you to:

  • Create references either manually or exported straight from a database or library catalogue
  • Store references in a web account or on your desktop
  • Organise references - create groups, add notes, link or attach full text
  • Cite your references in your word document and automatically create a bibliography
  • Change between the many different citation styles provided
  • Sharing references with others to allow for collaboration

The University of South Australia has a licence for two popular bibliographic management systems:

There are also many free systems available now.

With so many different systems available how do you choose which one to use?

Here are some things to think about:

  • Compatibility: will the system work the way you want with your computer?
  • What programs are your colleagues using?  Some disciplines prefer one system over another.  If you are planning to collaborate with colleagues and share references you may need to choose the same system.
  • Is there a cost for the system? The Library subscribes to EndNote and RefWorks so there is no cost to our students and staff.  Many others are available for free.
  • Which one do you prefer? You can try different systems to see which one you like best. Usually you can transfer records from one system to another if you change your mind.

For a comparison of some of the most common bibliographic management systems see the links below:


Referencing Help

Roadmap to Referencing

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Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!

This web resource shows you how to reference using the Harvard-UniSA style.

Find examples on how to do your in text-citations and references, from different sources of information, such as articles, books chapters, websites, and more.

Ask your Team

For further information please contact the Academic Library Services team responsible for your Division.