Manage, store and communicate

There are a number of different bibliographic software products available. These allow users to store and mange references and create reference lists. PhD students and other researchers are often advised to use bibliographic software as they help to save time and manage large amounts of academic information.

New Refworks allows you to store and manage your references online rather than on your desktop. Users can then create automatic in-text citations and reference lists in a number of different referencing styles. New Refworks is supported by the library staff at UoB.

There are a range of other products available depending upon your research needs. Please see our guide to find out more.

Many databases, such as DISCOVER, allow you to save searches and set up alerts. The British Library's electronic table of contents service, Zetoc, provides access to over 34,500 journals and more than 55 million article citations and conference papers. Zetoc can also be used to set up alerts to your email address.

Networking, communicating and collaborating with other colleagues are important skill for researchers to develop. Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and more scholarly ones such as ResearchGATE can help you make connections and equally get yourself known.

ResearchGate is a social network for scientists and researchers. Currently there are over one million active members who are uploading publications, creating groups, engaging in discussion and much more. Researchers can sign-up and join the network free of charge.

Another networking website for researchers is The platform can be used to share and follow research based on personal interests. There is also the facility to monitor the impact of uploaded papers. has approximately 14 million academics signed up to their website.

JISCmail hosts thousands of electronic discussion lists on behalf of the higher education and research communities. By belonging to those which are relevant to your area of research you will be able to engage in discussions with other researchers. Try a keyword search to identify useful lists then follow the joining instructions.

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