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Dissertation Subject Guide

including systematic reviews, literature reviews and scoping reviews

The benefits of using Reference Management software

Using Reference Management Software for writing your dissertation can be very beneficial

  • keeps all your research papers in one place (and sometimes pdfs)
  • can help you screen your research papers for systematic reviews, literature reviews, scoping reviews - see PRISMA
  • helps you organise your research papers for every section in your dissertation
  • creates citations and references for you

What reference management software to use?

We provide support for ENDNOTE at University of Dundee Library and Learning Centre.

EndNote is software for managing references. It has three main features;

  •  Capturing references of journal articles, books and other resources from literature searches
  •  Managing and organising your references in your personal EndNote Library of references
  •  Insert references from your EndNote Library into Word documents, essays, dissertations etc. These can be inserted in a variety of standard referencing formats including Harvard, Vancouver, Chicago, APA, MHRA and Oscola
  • Synch with up to 3 devices including Iphone and Ipad
  • Share and collaborate with colleagues

EndNote Desktop is available free to all staff and students from the managed University Desktop on campus (Apps Anywhere) or downloadable for home use. Follow these links for 'how to' help. Other software such as Mendeley and Zotero are available as well but are not supported currently by  University of Dundee Library and Learning Centre.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT NO REFERENCE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE IS PERFECT. KEEP IT SIMPLE AND ALWAYS CHECK THAT YOU'RE REFERENCING STYLE IS CORRECT FOR YOUR SCHOOL.