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Reference management

The University of Padua’s subscription to Refworks will expire on March 31, 2018 and will not be renewed.

If you currently have references in your RefWorks account that you would like to keep,
you will need to migrate to an alternative citation management tool before this date.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions


What is a bibliography?

For the purposes of a research project — be it a thesis, or an article for a scientific journal — the bibliography is an organised list of the documents, books, articles, essays and web pages that have been consulted.

The bibliography adds scientific value to a thesis, as it reflects the research process undertaken. <
One of the main purposes of the bibliography is to allow the exact identification of a referenced document, so to locate it in library and bookshop catalogues.

When drawing up a bibliography, the author/s has to decide on a citation style, which may be recommended by the tutor or the publisher. Although no single standard is applicable to all publications, it is important for the selected style to be consistent throughout the document.

Why use reference management software?

These applications can help you:

  • import citations from catalogues, databases and websites
  • create and organise bibliographies for theses, books and articles
  • insert and format citations within the text of documents

What are the types of citation management tools?

Many applications are available, but here are the most popular softwares:

  • Mendeley (free)
  • Zotero (free)
  • EndNote (free for University of Padua users, through Web of Science  > Tools)
  • RefWorks (University of Padua’s subscription ending on March 31 2018)

If you’re not sure which citation management software is best for you check out our comparison chart (ITA).

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