“Everything my eye touches populates straight into my bibliography”
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Reference management tools are one of the single most useful digital tools for a researcher today. Gone are the days of painstakingly changing each of your in-text citations to a footnote, or changing each full stop in a reference to a comma because a journal required it. Online reference management tools allow you to:
- import references from different sources (e.g. websites, library catalogues, bibliographic databases)
- manage and/or edit the references once they are in the system, and add manually any references that you cannot find online
- export references into a document, either as a single bibliography, or individually (often called ‘cite while you write’) which generates a list of references.
- format the bibliography according the referencing style of your choice, and re-format if/when necessary