Referencing Software

Currently the University supports two reference software packages. 


EndNote is recommended for anyone who is doing detailed research, e.g. PhD students, researchers and lecturers


RefWorks is a web-based package and is available to all members of the University. This package is intended for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, as it is not as comprehensive as EndNote. It can also be useful for collecting references when you are off-campus.

See our guide for more information including how to create and account

'Legacy Refworks' is the older version of RefWorks.  It is still available for existing users through a general web or Google search, or by using a saved bookmark.  

Other software

For subjects which rely heavily on the use of mathematical symbols and equations, other packages such as LaTeX and BibTeX are available. Although we do not offer any formal support for these packages more information can be found from the links below.

NB: Whichever referencing software you decide to use, please take care not to inadvertently or otherwise share full-text articles or files of material which are under subscription to the University of Birmingham.  Otherwise you may be in breach of copyright and licensing agreements with publishers and suppliers.  Note that Endnote, for example, only allows article links and basic records to be shared, not whole articles.


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