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Reference Management

Reference management

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Information about training sessions

Library-supported reference management programs



Cost Licensed for the University of Turku students and personnel Free. The Mendeley Institutional Edition has not been licensed for the University of Turku.
Required software downloads

- Web based

- Direct import from databases possible by installing Save to RefWorks tool.

- Creation of citations and bibliographies in Word requires the download of Write-N-Cite or Citation Manager for Word

- web and desktop based, option to synchronize with web account.

- Direct import from databases requires the download of Web Importer tool.

- Creation of citations and bibliographies in Word/Open Office requires the download of Citation Plugin (Mendeley Cite-O-Matic)

Attach PDFs

Annotate PDFs

Share and networks with colleagues

- You can share collections to individuals or to the whole university.

- You can choose whether the other person(s) can only read, make notes or edit.

- You can join and create groups. For example, a Private Group for group work (in the free version 5 Private groups/user, up to 25 members)

- You can create a researcher profile

- Follow interesting researchers

Import references

- Direct import from major database services

- Use Save to RefWorks tool to import from several databases

- References can be imported e.g. in RIS format

- Direct import from ScienceDirect and Scopus

- Use Web importer to import from other databases

- Directly from Mendeley Catalog

- References can be imported e.g. in RIS format

Free online storage   2 GB
Generate citations

- With Write-N-Cite for Word plugin (Windows, Mac)

- With RefWorks Citation Manager (Word 2016)

- Separate add-in for Google Docs as well

- With Mendeley Citation Plug-in

Citation styles

Nearly 4000 Nearly 7000
Modify citation styles

Word processor compatibility

Microsoft Word (Windows, Mac), Google Docs, the Quick cite tool can be used in other programs

Microsoft Word (Windows, Mac), LibreOffice


Do you Prefer Another Reference Management Software?

There are plenty of reference management tools available: for example, check the comparison chart in Wikipedia. Other well-known alternatives include, for example:

Zotero (open source),
and for the users of Linux BibTeX.

Use of Electronic Resources and Remote Access

The electronic resources are available in the network of the University of Turku or through remote access for students and staff members. In remote access, resources automatically ask you to enter UTU user ID and password, if needed.