A reference management software helps you manage your references throughout the research process from information searching, writing, formatting to publishing.
A software will help you to
import references from various databases into one place
keep track of your references
create references and a reference list in your Word document
adapt the layout of the references in accordance with different citing systems or journal requirements
create publication lists.
Common softwares for managing references are Endnote, Endnote Online, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero. Some softwares are free to use and some require a license. The library provides support for the use of Endnote and Endnote Online, the programs that can be downloaded by university staff and students.
Employees can access the latest version of Endnote through the university. With Endnote, you can keep track of your references in a searchable personal library. You can synchronize your references in up to three different units and also share your references with your collaborators. At set up, Endnote is linked to your word processing program and you can automatically create references in the text and reference lists. It is also possible to import references from databases to your Endnote library. Endnote is available for Mac and Windows.
Contact the IT manager at your institution to access Endnote. You can also contact ITS. The program is downloaded to your computer.
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Endnote Online (also known as Endnote basic) is a web based version with fewer functions compared to Endnote. It is free to create an account but employees and students get access to more styles (about 4 500 styles compared to about 20 in the completely free version) if they create their account via the university.