When you are asked to write an assessment at University, your lecturer will expect that you cite your research within your writing and produce a reference list at the end of the piece of work. You will quickly start consulting a number of different sources of information. It's important to manage your sources carefully from the start and know that you are referencing them correctly.
This page offers some handy hints and advice on how to manage your references and citations.
Your guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism
Cite Them Right Online is an interactive eBook that will help you reference a wide range of sources, including: books, films, journals, web resources, images, tweets, and much, much more in a variety of referncing styles.
The site's interactivity means that you can find the information that you need quickly and easily. You'll wonder how you ever survived without it!
Alternatively, use the button to export your reference directly to your reference management software.
Aston University subscribes to this commercial reference management software package.
It is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing dissertations and articles
Through an extension of the university license both staff and students are permitted to purchase a license for Endnote at a greatly reduced rate. This is compatible with both Mac and Windows. You can purchase the Endnote software here. The cost at the time of publishing is £99 including VAT and delivery to the UK. For any queries please contact the IT helpdesk
Important: Having ordered the software a copy of your Student ID is required to prove eligibility. Send either a photo or scan of your uniCARD to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your order number.
Watch this video for more guidance:
Cite This For Me is a tool designed to help students prepare their whole bibliography or reference list quickly and easily. APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, Vancouver, plus thousands of other referencing styles are all supported. With a simple, sophisticated design, Cite This For Me can assist students of all ages and education levels.
Please note: The free version requires you to export your Bibliography before closing the software otherwise you will lose it.
CiteThisForMe is now a Chegg product.
Colwiz is free reference management software that grown out of Oxford University.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research:
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
Take a look at what you can do with Zotero:
If the reference management tool you use allows you to access full-text content, you will need to input authentication information in your settings in order to use this feature off-campus:
This authentication URL should work with most of our subscribed resources, but if you find that you encounter an error, please try the OpenURL route from the reference management tool, or check that we have access to the content you need using Library SmartSearch.