Student Recommended: a Guide to Mendeley


Hafssa Anfishi, one of St George’s Learning Advocates has reviewed Mendeley, a free resource which can help you with referencing. Hafssa is in her second year of the Biomedical Science course and found Mendeley useful when completing her SSP. Select the link below to read her step-by-step guide on how to use this tool.

How to use Mendeley. A step-by-step guide by Hafssa Anfishi

A note from the library

There are many tools out there which can help you with referencing and citations. However, you should be careful that they are referencing according to the standard required by your course. Don’t forget that this is something that you will be assessed on. You are always responsible for double-checking your references to ensure that they are correct.

St George’s Library provides access to a tool called RefWorks which can also help with referencing and reference management. We can offer training and support in using this resource as well as general referencing support. For more information, consult the help page of the library website or contact the library.


Freely available reference management tools – some pros and cons

Citing and referencing correctly in most cases is not difficult – it just requires a bit of careful attention to detail, which can be time consuming and when your deadline is looming time is not always on your side. This is where using a reference management tool can help, enabling you to generate correctly formatted bibliographies (reference lists) in a quick and intuitive way. Here is a brief overview of a couple that are freely available online.

The tools
Cite this for me – available at:
RefMe – available at:

What they do:
These tools provide templates for a range of resource types (for example: books, journal articles, websites and many more), which you can use to either automatically import or manually input the details of the resources that you want to cite and reference in your assignment. When you have added all the resources you are using in your assignment you can generate a correctly formatted bibliography simply by choosing the referencing style you require, for example: Harvard – Cite Them Right, from the style menu. You can then copy and paste or export the bibliography to a Word document. These tools also show you how your in-text citations should look in your chosen referencing style, and allow you to copy and paste these into your assignment too.

The Pros and Cons
Cite this for me
cite this for me logoPros
+ Very intuitive layout with clearly labelled functions so getting started is quick and easy.
+ No need to register for an account – your bibliography remains available for 7 days from when you first create it as long as you use the same computer and internet browser.
+ You can share your bibliography with a group if you are collaborating on a project.
– The ‘Autocite’ feature available for books, journal articles and websites will sometimes miss key details needed to correctly reference sources imported this way, for this reason it is best to always choose the ‘Add manually’ option when adding your references.
– To access full functionality requires an account, which you would need to pay for.
– Without an account you can only create one bibliography at a time.

RefME logoPros
+ You can work on multiple projects at once, and copy/move references between different projects.
+ You can access your projects from anywhere that you can log-in to your account.
+ You can share your bibliography with a group if you are collaborating on a project.
– The automatic import function is fairly reliable, however, you should always check that the required details are all present and correct, and manually edit the reference if necessary. Be particularly careful with websites and books.
– You can’t use RefMe without registering for an account, but accounts are free and quick to set up.
– The interface is quite minimal, so you will need to spend a little time exploring where different functions are, but there are on-screen tips to help when you are getting started and once you know your way around it is easy to use.

Both these tools have the potential to save you time when it comes to completing the citing and referencing in your assignments, leaving you more time to focus on writing your assignment. The University also subscribes to a reference management tool called RefWorks, on and offsite access requires a SGUL username and password. RefWorks is not as intuitive as these online tools but does offer additional functions that are particularly useful if you are undertaking longer pieces of written work. Links to all these resources are now provided on the Library’s Reference Management page.

*Top tip! Before you submit your work, always check your citations and references are correctly formatted according to the standards used at St George’s – guides and helpsheets are available on the Library’s Help pages. *

Computer Rooms 3 and H 1.9 upgrade – from March 30th

From 30th March, the computers in Computer Room 3 and H 1.9 (next to the Library), will be replaced with new machines, The standard suite of software applications will be installed, including Microsoft Office 2013 and the latest version of the RefWorks utility, Write-N-Cite 4.

For further details of these applications, please see below.

Office 2013

Office 2013 Quick Start Guides – on slideshare Quick start guides on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for users new to Office 2013.
Adapted from: Microsoft Quick Start Guides for Office 2013


Write-N-Cite 4 for RefWorks

Write-N-Cite 4 is the latest version of this utility which runs within Word and allows you to insert citations into your document from your RefWorks database, generate a bibliography and format using a referencing style.  The previous version, Write n Cite III, is not compatible with Word 2013. (Note that Write-N-Cite 4 is compatible with Word 2007, Word 2010 and Word 2013.)

Logging in to Write-N-Cite 4

  • Open Word 2013
  • Select ProQuest menu
  • In the ProQuest /  RefWorks  ‘ribbon’ at the top of the screen , Click Log in – you will see the popup  window below:


  • Make sure that RefWorks is selected (as shown above – grey shading)

You now need to copy & paste Write-N-Cite 4  Login code from RefWorks to Login Code field as follows:




  • Copy this Login code
  • Return to Word and paste the Login code into the Login Code field
  • Click Login

Once you are logged in – the ProQuest menu name changes to RefWorks, and in the ‘ribbon’ at the top of the screen, you will see the message ‘syncing data’. Write-N-Cite is downloading your RefWorks database of references to your Desktop.  The features are inactive until the syncing has finished. This syncing shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.

Help for using Write-N-Cite 4

Using St George’s Harvard referencing style

To select this style (based on “Cite them Right” Pears & Shields, 9th ed., published 2013):

  • In the RefWorks ribbon, click on the Style box drop down arrow
  • Click Select Other style
  • Select Harvard – FHSCE & SGUL

Moving between Write-N-Cite III & Write-N-Cite 4

  • It is possible to edit Word documents created with Write-N-Cite III in Write-N-Cite 4. You will be prompted to convert the document on opening in Word when using Write-N-Cite 4
  • It is also possible to edit Word documents created with Write-N-Cite 4 in Write-N-Cite III.

Using One-Line / Cite View to insert citations etc
If you are not able to use Write-N-Cite on your machine, you can use an alternative RefWorks feature, One Line / Cite View, which will also create citations in your paper and create bibliographies. More information here:

SGUL Library information skills training dates – April to July

The latest SGUL information skills training dates are now available.

These training sessions are free to all staff and students who are members of SGUL. All except Refworks are also available to NHS staff

Searching databases using OvidSP (Medline, Embase, PsycInfo)

This session is for those who need to carry out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

Thursday 24 April 12-1pm
Tuesday 13 May 1-2pm
Wednesday 18 June 12-1pm
Tuesday 22 July 12-1pm


Searching databases using EbscoHost (Cinahl, Medline, Amed)

This session is for those who need to carry out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

Tuesday 8 April 12-1pm
Thursday 15 May 12-1pm
Tuesday 17 June 12-1pm
Friday 11 July 12-1pm


Finding information for your topic

This session will improve your information searching skills and use some of the Library’s tools for finding information

Wednesday 9 April 12-1pm
Wednesday 14 May 12-1pm
Tuesday 10 June 12-1pm
Tuesday 15 July 12-1pm


Citation Searching and Impact Factors

Use the Cited Reference Search in the Web of Science to find out which papers are highly cited in your field; find out which journals are highly
cited using the Journal Citation Reports database.

Thursday 22 May 12-1pm


Introduction to Critical Appraisal

This course will introduce the concepts of critical appraisal and give an overview of the tools and techniques which can be used.
Wednesday 23rd April10.30-12.00pm
Wednesday 25th June 10.30-12.00pm


Keeping Up to Date

Keeping up-to-date with recent publications is vital for staff and researchers. This training course covers a range of services that will help you stay
current in your area.

Tuesday 22nd April 2.00-3.30pm
Wednesday 18th June 3.4.30pm



Introduction to a web-based application for managing your references (University staff & students only). RefWorks is free to use for SGUL staff and
students using their SGUL network login.

Tuesday 6 May 12-1pm
Thursday 19 June 12-1pm


Click here for more details on each session.


Booking a place
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