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Literature reviews - research guide

Managing your results

Managing your results

A literature review relies on evidence from the literature and what other authors have said, so it is important to use good referencing skills from the beginning. Reference management software, such as EndNote, will make storing and using your references easier.

Our referencing guides include details for all of the referencing styles supported at Murdoch University and examples of how to cite a range of materials.

These guides also provide links to the relevant style manuals, which you can refer to while writing your literature review:

EndNote is reference management program that:

  • Stores citations data and attachments (such as PDF files or personal notes)
  • Allows you to insert citations into documents and automatically create reference lists
  • Allows you to download citation details from the University Library catalogue and a range of databases
  • Outputs references in a wide range of referencing styles
  • Is available free of charge to Murdoch staff and students

See our EndNote Guide for more information:

  1. Have you determined which referencing style you will be using for your literature review?
  2. Do you know the referencing style well? Have you located and consulted the appropriate referencing guide?
  3. Have you considered using EndNote or other reference management software?
  4. Have you downloaded any relevant reference management software and attended any appropriate training sessions?
  5. Do you know how to import references from catalogues and databases directly into your reference management software?
  6. Have you considered how to create backups of your source documents, referencing data and literature review manuscript?

Research data is a valid form of research output and is increasingly being recognised as a valuable asset which should be managed and, when appropriate, shared.

Good data management allows you to:

  • Comply with the University's Responsible Conduct of Research Policy
  • Work more efficiently
  • Achieve greater exposure for your research through publication, citation and collaboration
  • Improve grant funding opportunities
  • Protect your data from misuse or loss
  • Enable future researchers to build upon your work

See our Research data management guide for more information: