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Referencing tools

This guide will outline the main tools supported at USW and the most commonly used free tools. Mae'r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn a Gymraeg

What are referencing tools?

These are apps, desktop software, websites and browser extensions that help you collect, organise and create reference lists and bibliographies in a range of different styles.  

At USW the main recommended referencing style is Harvard with additional styles including APA for Psychology students, MHRA for History students, Numeric for Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science and Forensic Science students and OSCOLA for Law students.

Why use a referencing tool?

Using a referencing tool allows you to:

  • collect references, from FINDit, USW databases, websites and other sources.
  • organise your references. 
  • create a reference list or bibliography for your assignment, dissertation or thesis.
  • produce citations in the style that you need.

This is particularly useful when undertaking a longer project or dissertation, when you may have a large number of references that you have collected over a period of time. 

Support for reference tools

EndNote desktop software is supported as the University’s standard bibliographic software package. Academic staff and PhD researchers can access Endnote 20 via UniApps

There are also many free referencing tools available and these must be evaluated depending on your needs. The University does not endorse a particular product, but this guide does give an overview of the three most commonly used free tools, EndNote Online, Mendeley and Zotero

For more comparison information see:

  1. Wikipedia - Comparison of reference management software
  2. University of Manchester - Feature comparison chart