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Software for writing references

A reference management software helps you manage your references throughout the research process from information searching, writing, formatting to publishing.

A reference management 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.

EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero are common software for managing references. Some software is free to use, while others require a license. If you want to know more, here is a comparison between EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley and Zotero:

Citation Managers - Comparison Chart 

The library provides support in EndNote, EndNote Online and Zotero to university staff and students. You can see upcoming courses offered by the library at the bottom of the page.

EndNote

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 synchronise 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 licence manager at your institution to access EndNote. You can also contact ITS. The program is downloaded to your computer.

Manuals

What's new in EndNote 20 (Youtube)

Guide to EndNote from Clarivate

EndNote in Word

For EndNote to work in Word, you need to download Word on your computer. As a student or employee at Umeå University, you have access to Microsoft 365, which includes Word.

Manual: Download and install Microsoft 365

If you need support

EndNote Support from Clarivate

User forum

Support from the Swedish distributor Alfasoft

Book a tutorial with a librarian

EndNote Online

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 an expanded range of styles (about 4 500 styles compared to about 20 in the completely free version) if they create their account via the university.

EndNote Online

Create an account in EndNote Online

To access the expanded range of reference styles, create your account this way:

  1. Go to Web of Science.
  2. Log in with your Umu-id if requested (not necessary on the university network).
  3. Click on Products (to the right in the header). Do NOT choose Register.
  4. Choose EndNote.
  5. A new browser tab opens, select Register and create your account.

You can use the e-mail address you prefer.

Manuals

Using EndNote Basic/Online (Youtube)

EndNote Online Guide (Karolinska Institutet University Library)

EndNote Online in Word

For EndNote Online to work in Word, you need to download Word on your computer. As a student or employee at Umeå University, you have access to Microsoft 365, which includes Word.

Manual: Download and install Microsoft 365

If you need support

EndNote Support from Clarivate Analytics

User forum

Book a tutorial with a librarian

Zotero

Zotero is a free, open-source program that you download to your computer. By creating an account, you can access your references via a web version of the program. Zotero is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The installation includes the most common reference styles, with more available for download from the Zotero website.

Download Zotero

Manuals

Quick start guide (Zotero)

Zotero in Word

For Zotero to work in Word, you need to download Word on your computer. As a student or employee at Umeå University, you have access to Microsoft 365, which includes Word.

Manual: Download and install Microsoft 365

If you need support

Zotero's support page (FAQ, quick start and more)

Zotero's user forum

Book a tutorial with a librarian

Upcoming courses for employees

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Latest update: 2024-05-15