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Bibliographic software enables you to store and manage your references and automatically generate bibliographies in a variety of styles.
MyReferences is a simple referencing tool which will cover all your basic referencing needs at under graduate level. RefWorks is a more advanced tool offering a wider range of referencing management options. With its highly customisable interface, EndNote is more appropriate for post graduate users working with large numbers of references for projects and dissertations.
This page will tell you more about these resources and some other free software which has similar functionality. It also provides details about setting up the Papers system for Macs to access resources through the Open University subscriptions.
For more general guidance on referencing see Referencing and plagiarism.
The Open University MyReferences tool aims to improve referencing skills and prevent plagiarism. MyReferences will help you to organise your references and create a bibliography in the OU Harvard style. MyReferences' simple interface is ideal if you are new to referencing and would like to use an automated tool. If you would like to use additional functionality, such as other reference styles, or more complicated folder structures and additional fields, you can easily progress from MyReferences to RefWorks. References saved to MyReferences are automatically stored in RefWorks. MyReferences includes a link to your own RefWorks account where you can view and edit your references and create a bibliography.
You can use MyReferences to:
For guidance on how to add, import, view, delete and edit references, how to manage folders, how to create a bibliography and how to export and share references using MyReferences, please see the MyReferences section in the Computing Guide.
RefWorks is a web-based reference manager that will let you:
You can also use RefWorks to store files within a reference (up to 5mb each, with a 100mb limit per user). Refworks is based in the
RefWorks have added a 'Confirm your password' feature to the Update Profile option. Should you attempt to make any changes to the details you have registered with RefWorks, such as your name or email address a 'Confirm your password' window will appear. This feature will not recognise your Open University password. Please contact the Library Helpdesk if you would like to update information in your RefWorks profile.
RefWorks is freely available to current Open University students and staff. You will be invited to create an account the first time you access RefWorks. You may be asked for your Open University computer username and password at a 'Sign into the OU website' page. (Turn off the pop-up window blocker on your web browser before you access RefWorks.)
RefWorks has produced a variety of support material to help you get started and learn about advanced features available from RefWorks:
A mobile version of RefWorks is available to use on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or similar device with web access. You will need to use a different username and password to access RefMobile to those you use to log in to RefWorks and other Open University resources. Please contact the Library Helpdesk to make changes to your RefWorks profile and gain access to RefMobile.
When you finish your module access to all online library resources, including RefWorks, will be withdrawn due to licence agreements with suppliers. If you wish to keep your references choose from one of the options below. Make sure you do this before the end of your studies.
EndNote will enable you to:
The software is available for on-campus users and those based at the OU regional centres through the IT department. To request EndNote please raise a ticket via the IT Self Service system.
OU students and tutors not based on campus who would still like to use EndNote have been able to purchase it from Adept Scientific in the past. It is no longer available from this source and an alternative way of purchasing this product is currently being investigated on a nation level.
A series of EndNote 'How to' Guides, developed by Adept Scientific, provide step-by-step instructions for carrying out some key tasks with the EndNote referencing managing software. There are seven 'How to' Guides to choose from:
Papers is a bibliographic management software available for Mac that can search a number of databases from within it. We do not support users of this program, but provide the following advice on setting it up to access resources through the OU Library subscriptions:
This will allow you to use most of the search options in Papers, but to use Web of Science you need to modify a support file called gatewayurl.txt which is found in the following path:
Open this file and replace the single text line with this one (make sure there are no line breaks in the string):
We have no licence for Papers, so if you wish to use it you will need to purchase it from the link above.
There are a number of free services which offer similar functionality to those above: