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Literature reviews

Information providing guidance on starting a literature review, including resources, techniques and approaches to searching the literature and writing the review.

Referencing overview

A large part of conducting and writing a literature review is to reference the relevant sources that you have found.

A number of referencing tools are available that can help you manage your references.

RMIT University provides a license to the EndNote software program, although there are alternative reference management software available.

The Library has also developed Easy Cite, providing examples for key referencing styles.

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EndNote is a software program that helps you to:

  • gather, store and manage references
  • automatically create and format bibliographies in your referencing style
  • search and retrieve records from catalogues and databases
  • insert citations directly into documents in your referencing style

Alternatives to EndNote

Easy Cite Referencing Tool

Choosing a reference manager

Pressbook module cover.

Choosing a reference manager

This module is part of the Research and Writing Skills for Academic and Graduate Researchers. It helps researchers decide which reference manager to use to organise their references in their work. The module explores the features of three popular reference managers – Endnote, Zotero and Mendeley – and helps in the decision of which one is best for research practices.

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