Why should I use reference management software?

Reference management software can make your life significantly easier when you’re writing academic papers. It assists you in…

  • … managing the references you need for your paper
  • … creating bibliographies in different citation styles (e.g., for a proposal)
  • … inserting citations and bibliographies directly into word processing software (e.g. MS Word)

Which software is available at WU?

WU provides licences for the reference management software Citavi and EndNote, making it available to all WU students, faculty, and staff free of charge. The WU library staff is happy to assist you with any questions you might have about Citavi and EndNote, as well as the open-source software Zotero and Juris-M.

Which reference management software should I use?

Are you unsure, which reference management software is the right one for you? This selection tool will help you choose the software that suits you most:

Citation styles

To make sure your citations and bibliography are consistent throughout your work, you’ll need a citation style. Reference management software comes with a variety of styles. If you still can’t find the one you need, the WU library can create it for you. You can also find a variety of citation styles on the page WU citation styles.

Where can I get support?

In the library’s course overview, you will find the dates for various courses on reference management offered by the library.

For specific questions regarding reference management or literature research, we’re also available at the search_bar:

search_bar opening hours
Reference management and literature researchTuesday 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Literature researchThursday 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

You can find more information about the search_bar and our other consultation services on our homepage.

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