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Are there programs that I can use to manage my references?

Are there programs that I can use to manage my references?

There are programs which you can use for Reference Management. The University of Melbourne seeks to maintain the highest ethical standards in the academic work of its students and staff. All work that is submitted for assessment or publication must be your own original work. If you draw ideas or words from outside sources, they must be acknowledged according to the agreed upon scholarly conventions of referencing. Please refer to the Academic Integrity policy.

There are various reference management programs which you may wish to use to maintain a record of your sources, create shared libraries of references, and generate bibliographies. Find out what the recommended reference management programs are for your discipline. If you experience difficulties installing these programs or require assistance troubleshooting issues that arise, do not hesitate to visit Student IT.


EndNote is a reference management software application available for Mac and Windows and online use. To install and run EndNote you will need to use the University’s site license. Visit the EndNote Library Guide.


Zotero is a free reference management application available for Mac and Windows and online use. Visit the Zotero Library Guide.


Mendeley is a free reference management software and crowdsource database available for Mac and Windows and Linux. Mendeley online primarily focuses on connecting researchers. Visit the Mendeley Library Guide.


RefWorks is a reference management program available for online use. To access RefWorks online you will need to create an account as a student at the University of Melbourne, as the University is licensed to access this site. Visit the RefWorks Library Guide.

BibTeX and JabRef

If you are using the LaTeX typesetting system you can use BibTeX to generate a bibliography in your LaTeX documents. Visit the LaTeX and BibTeX Library Guide. JabRef is an open and free to download reference manager, which acts as an interface to the BibTeX style of bibliography used by LaTeX. JabRef is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. Please note that JabRef generates citations from BibTeX files. Visit the JabRef Library Guide.

Manual Referencing

Please refer to the University of Melbourne’s Recite website containing guides on the following reference styles:

  • APA
  • Vancouver
  • Chicago 16A Footnote
  • Chicago 16B Author-Date
  • MLA 7th edition
  • MLA 8th edition
  • AGLC
  • Cambridge (for Art History)

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