Introduction to reference managers

MacBook air displaying EndNote reference management software on screen

Event Details

  • Date: 30th May 2021
  • Time: 14:30 – 16:00
  • Duration: 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Audience: All Staff | All Students
  • Digital Capability: Digital Information, Data and Media Literacy
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Event Overview

At University of Edinburgh you will be using a large number of documents in many different formats (e.g. journal article, book chapter, image, report, case law, conference proceedings etc.). Using a reference manager to collect, organise, annotate and cite these references can save you a lot time, improve accuracy and help you structure your work.

This short session will introduce you to four reference managers: EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley and Citavi, all of which have free versions.

In the session we’ll demonstrate how to:

  • Download references automatically from catalogues/databases and create references manually
  • Store PDFs and web pages in your library
  • Annotate saved PDFs
  • Add citations to your work in MS Word
  • Create a bibliography automatically in MS Word

We’ll also explain how to download the packages and what free and paid-for options are available.

About the Presenter - Andrew Kirk

Andrew delivers training on a wide variety of courses, with a focus on video and audio editing, reference management, document preparation and videoconferencing tools. A qualified librarian, before joining the Digital Skills and Training Team he worked in libraries in Scotland and Ireland, and in a television newsroom.

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