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Referencing software

Referencing software (also called 'bibliographic software' or 'citation managers') helps you to:

  • import citations from your favourite databases and websites
  • build and organise bibliographies
  • format citations for papers
  • take notes on articles and save them in your collection of citations
  • save and organise PDFs, screenshots, graphs, images and other files for your research.

The Library supports Mendeley referencing software.

Mendeley

What is Mendeley? Mendeley allows you to download bibliographic references from databases, files or PDFs and create bibliographies in Word or LibreOffice. It is also possible to share references in public and private groups or by email.

Who might use it? Mendeley is open to everyone but is particularly useful for researchers, final year students or those doing dissertations.

System requirements? A Mendeley account is created on the web in conjunction with desktop software on your PC or laptop. The desktop software is available on labs on campus but must be installed on staff machines. This software in installed on a yearly basis, though there may be newer, updated versions available for installation on personal machines. There are apps available on IOS and Android tablets.

Create an account on the web at http://www.mendeley.com using your Loughborough email. Ignore the prompt to download the desktop software unless you are working on a personal machine.

What help is available? The Library is delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley as well as offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley. Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here

Training manuals and videos are also available on Learn

If you have any enquiries at this stage about Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian

 

RefME

Latest news about RefMe.

As previously communicated, RefME has been acquired by Chegg and became Cite this For Me (CtFM) on March 7th. After this date you will be able to access your projects on CtFM up until June 1. At that point, you can subscribe to CtFM’s premium service to continue accessing your projects. If you don’t subscribe after June 1, you have the option of the free version of CtFM where you can build a bibliography for free for seven days.

To access your work on or after March 7, just go to http://www.citethisforme.com/premium/login. Note that your account may not migrate immediately, and the process can take up to a day for inactive users, so please plan accordingly. 

We would also recommend that you backup your work to another reference software package or, as a minimum, to Word. After March 7th you can export from CtFM as a Word or bibtex file.

Many of the freely available features of RefMe will become ‘paid for’ features in Cite This For Me. More details about the transition from RefME to Cite This For Me are available via this link FAQ about the transition [https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000823509].

The loss of functionality in the free version of Cite This For Me is clearly very disappointing for RefME users and since Cite This For Me only offers individual subscriptions, the Library will not be able to offer support for the new product. We are currently assessing other freely available referencing software products but until we have identified something suitable we would recommend Mendeley as alternative tool as it offers a sophisticated array of functions. 

The Library is delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley. Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here

Training manuals and materials are also available on Learn 

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian

RefWorks

RefWorks

Following a rigorous review by the Library and IT Services it was recommended that the University change its site-wide licence from RefWorks to Mendeley. It is envisaged that the switch over to Mendeley will be complete by the start of the new academic year 2017/18.

This means that if you are a current user of RefWorks you need to make provision to utilise new reference management software by the beginning of the new academic year, 2017/18. The Library recommends the use of Mendeley and is able to assist you in its use. The Library has also made help available to assist in the migration of your references from RefWorks to Mendeley.

The Library is delivering a series of workshops introducing users to Mendeley as well as offering drop-in sessions for those who need assistance moving their references from RefWorks into Mendeley. Details of our workshops and drop-in sessions can be found here:

Training manuals and videos are also available on Learn

If you have any enquiries at this stage about the transition to Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian