Writing and referencing tools

Writing is an essential activity for most university students. Which writing tool you choose will depend on a range of factors including:

  • individual or group work — some tools incorporate collaborative functionality, while some are better for individual work
  • basic or advanced functions — if you are writing a complex or technical document you may require advanced word processing functionality
  • availability of training — the availability of in-person training and online help varies between writing tools.

Written assessments will often require you to reference appropriately. Referencing can be time-consuming and difficult to manage. Referencing software can make referencing easier.

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 Free tools are completely free to use with all features.

 Freeware tools include basic functionality for free. Additional features may need to be paid for.

 Open source tools are developed in a collaborative manner and can be used, modified or shared openly. This software can be used for free and often includes a lot of support documentation.

 Paid tools can only be used after purchasing, and agreeing to, a product licence.