Reference management software can be a really useful tool in assisting with collecting and organising the sources that you are using in your work. They are also extremely useful when it comes to adding citations and a reference list or bibliography to your work. They are particularly useful for longer essays, projects, reports or theses where a lot of sources are used and the research work takes place over a long period of time. In choosing which reference management software to use a number of things need to be considered, particularly access and cost; while Zotero and Mendeley are free up to certain storage limits, there may be a cost if you need to store a lot of information.
It is important to note that while the output from reference management software tools will generally be accurate there can be the occasional error. For example there could be slight differences between different editions of a Referencing Style (we use the Harvard Anglia Ruskin Referencing Style 6th ed. (version 6.1.2 April 2019) or the fields on the original source document may be incorrect. It is important therefore to always check your citations and reference list for accuracy before submitting your work.
Advice on access, technical information and costs of reference management software tools can be found at the following website:
Cite This For Me
Cite This For Me (previously known as RefME) can be used either as an app or on the website. Cite This for Me is free for all users to get started. However, if you wish to use it beyond very basic use, it is essentially a paid for service.
To start go to the Cite This For Me site. If you already have an account with RefMe then you can just login with your existing account. However you will need to download the Cite This For Me app, as the RefME app will no longer be supported.
You will need to select the correct referencing style as directed by your lecturer. The Anglia Ruskin Harvard style is available to select. Cite This For Me will create basic references for books, articles and other resources using these tools or you can add details manually to make your reference match the referencing style guide for your subject. You can also use the app to scan the barcode of a book or journal. As with all tools you must check that the referencing is 100% correct - so make sure to check your work against the correct style guide before you submit it. If you need more than a basic reference generator, use one of the other tools recommended.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
Mendeley has mobile apps for iOS and Android, allowing you to access your Mendeley library, read and annotate your PDFs, and keep everything in sync across all your devices. Mendeley allows you up to 2GB of free storage space.