Written by Michael Woodman

RefME is a free referencing tool designed to take the frustration out of keeping track of your research and creating bibliographies. RefME allows you to quickly gather reference information from a variety of sources, and then export these as a fully formatted bibliography using the referencing style of your choice.

The free version boasts lots of impressive features:

  • Get references into your personal library using a range of tools:
    • Scan books directly from your phone using the RefME app.
      • Add notes and relevant page numbers straight away.
      • All this information will be available to you when you log in using the web version.
    • Use the Chrome Web Clipper extension to snip citations directly from the Chrome Web Browser</a>;
      • Clip from Google Scholar, YouTube, blogs, news sites, and a host of other page types.
      • In many cases RefME understands the type of reference you are trying to clip, and adds fields appropriate for the citation type.
  • Stuck finding a reference? You can always enter it manually, (choosing a template from a wide range of document types to make sure you don’t forget to add any important information).
  • Choose from hundreds of different referencing styles – your university might even have it’s own style as an option in RefME
  • Export your finished Bibliography to a Word document or copy it to your clipboard and paste it at the bottom of your assignment.

How Does it Compare with the Alternatives?

RefME’s appeal lies largely in the way that it packs a lot of features into a simple, intuitive interface.

The free version of RefME doesn’t work directly in Word – you have to export your references to Word. That’s fine for bibliographies at the end of your assignment but less good for in-text citations – e.g. (Cohen, 2006). However, you can export your library of references from RefME into alternative referencing programs which do work directly in Word (these include, Mendeley, Refworks, Zotero, Endnote)