As discussed in the 'Starting and Documenting your search' section, it’s important to keep track of previous searches and papers accessed when performing a literature search. You could create a table or you may want to create specific folders on your computers containing your research. Some databases, such as ProQuest Central, also offer the option to create an account with them which offers the functionality to save searches and journal articles.

In the example below, we run through setting up an account within ProQuest Central.


Video - ProQuest Central Managing your Reseach

Transcript of setting up a personalised account with ProQuest Central [DOC]


Bibliographic Management Systems

Once you have found the research you require, there are a number of ways you can manage your references.

MS Word

MS word has the functionality to create a bibliography from your list of reference. See the guidance from Microsoft here:


RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager which allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from online databases. You can then use these references when writing your assignments in Microsoft Word and automatically format a bibliography or reference list using the Write-N-Cite tool.

For help using RefWorks, look at the Help sections within RefWorks itself. The University of Kent has produced a number of pages of information about RefWorks. Although this is a helpful guide, just be aware that the University of Kent may subscribe to different databases than the University of Bolton. The University of Kent's RefWorks pages are available here. Many thanks to the library at the University of Kent for granting permission to link to these pages.

A Facebook page is available where you can post queries and learn about the latest developments, and you can also follow RefWorks on Twitter



Mendeley is free software which you can download to your PC/Iphone/Ipad and set up an account to manage your references. For further information see: