Managing Sources

Managing your sources in a structured way gives you an overview of your materials and makes documentation easier.


During the course of your studies you will read, use and quote hundreds of sources. Think about how you file the books, articles etc. that you have read and stick to a certain system. That will make it much easier to find what you are looking for.

Computer programs such as Refworks, Endnote and Zotero can help you manage the literature you are using in your studies. They can also assist you in documenting your sources in a correct and consistent way.

Programs for managing sources

  • RefWorks is a web-based system that can help you manage your sources. The program generates correct references from a database that you produce yourself. With a few clicks the program makes correct in-text citations and the bibliography for your paper. You can choose any citation style you want. Students at Aarhus Universitet have free access RefWorks. Press "Sign up for a new account". Note that this should be done from a computer with an IP-address from Aarhus University.
  • Endnote is a computer program you need to install. As a student at Aarhus University, you may do so for free. Find and download the software from your IT department. Please note that you have to be on the AU network to download the software. 
  • Zotero is a free web-based extension to the web-browser Firefox.