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Managing Your References: Introduction

What is this guide about?

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Reference managers (also known as citation managers or bibliographic management software) provide many useful features to help you with your research. 

The University of Otago has licensed access to: EndNote and EndNote Online.  This guide provides information on these and other commonly used reference managers.  

Browse the guide tabs. Revisit the guide often for simple to technical answers, and which support services to consult.

What is a Reference Manager?

In general all good reference managers:

  • Store and organise your references
  • Generate citations and bibliographies in the style you prefer

The tabs in this guide include:

  • Information on referencing styles
  • Tips on how to choose the reference manager that will suit you.
  • Details on specific reference managers including:  
    • Brief descriptions
    • Strengths 
    • System requirements
    • How to get it
    • Support available

Further support is available from:


Know which reference manager you are looking for?  Use the following links to quickly navigate to their tabs in this guide:

Some additional useful links: