Reference Management software make the work of creating a reference list/bibliography for your research topic or assignment easy, compared to the bygone days where we note-taking and writing was in long form or typewritten.
All software has functions that help you collect, annotate and organise references to the sources of information. All of them are also able to 'ingest' files containing metadata from databases, library catalogues and selected search engines, which makes building a personal 'library' seamless. You can then annotate the citations, use and re-use citations in various documents as they integrate with at least one authoring software such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs or Open Office. Hence, they are a part of your writing workflow.
Endnote and Zotero are just two out of the numerous software in the marketplace, and we support them at NUS by running regular training for beginners under our Researcher Unbound series.
EndNote is a software that:
|Installation instructions (for NUS staff and students only) and basics of how-to use can be found
at our EndNote Library Guide!
Zotero is a free-to-use bibliographic citation management software that allows you to
|Register for Zotero at https://www.zotero.org, and jump-start with our Zotero Library Guide!
ZoteroBib is a web-based and simplified version of Zotero software, created by the team behind Zotero. It helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without having to create an account, install the software or 'build a library'. It's ideal if you're working on ad-hoc assignments that require less than 20 references.
Use ZoteroBib to:
A video showing you how to use Zoterobib
The following citation builders are freely available from the Internet. NUS Libraries, however, does not provide support for any of these tools.