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:
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.