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Reference management

Reference standard/Citation style

It is important to cite sources when writing a text. In order to do so correctly, you must follow the rules of a chosen reference standard. The reference standard tells you how to make an in-text citation and a reference for the reference list.

The most common citation styles used in UCN are:

Reference management tools

Using a reference management tool can be a big help to keep track of sources.

A reference management tool is basically a database containing sources with all necessary data (author, year, publisher etc.) to make in-text citations and references correctly in a chosen reference standard. Data can either be imported from compatible resources or made manually.

Most commonly, in-text citations and references are inserted into Microsoft Word by installing and using a plugin.


There are several tools to choose from. UCN library supports:

Further information

Sign up for “Biblioteket – Referencehåndtering” (The Library – Reference Management) in Canvas to find more information. (Here you can read our Mendeley FAQ in English)