Reference management tools
Are you tired of struggling to manage that collection of references that’s accumulating in your office, inbox, USB stick? Well, you can stop struggling now and use a reference management tool to help you. There are lots of tools available to help and the library can provide you with information and support on using the following:
- EndNote Online: Register for a free account using your University email address (do this on campus or via VPN as this ensures you receive our institutional APA 7th settings). For more detailed information, including some video guides, visit the Clarivate Analytics website or see the Library's introductory Endnote guide (under Further Information below).
Features: Cite while you write, import references from databases.
EndNote Desktop is available via AppsAnywhere for students/staff with university laptops or pcs. It does not work on Macs however and is not the latest version, so is not recommended for new users. If you are already using it, see the Endnote FAQs from IS. If you are not already using it, please try EndNote Online or Mendeley instead.
- Mendeley Desktop: we currently provide guidance on the Desktop version and the Word citation plugin (for Word 2016 and previous) as they have the most features for researchers. Mendeley also has a newer Mendeley Reference Manager and a Mendeley Cite add-in for Word. Please make sure you check which version you are downloading. You will need to use Mendeley Cite for Word 2019/365 (and if using our University software, you will need an office account to load this feature). Both Desktop and Mendeley Reference Manager are available via AppsAnywhere if you need to download on University devices.
Register for a free personal account using a personal email address (do not "sign in via your institution" as institutional accounts have limited options) and then download Desktop (or access from AppsAnywhere on University devices).
Mendeley has comprehensive help pages and video tutorials (please check which version you are using) or see the Library's Mendeley Desktop guides under Further Information below.
Features: Download desktop application, install reference capture tools in your web browser, cite while you write (Word citation plugin), import references from databases.
The citation plugin does not work with the newest Mac OS machines or the latest versions of Word - try Zotero instead or the new Mendeley Cite for Word add-in (if using our University software, you will need an office account to load this feature).
Mendeley has an online-only version which can be very helpful for quickly organising references but does not include full functionality.
Mendeley Desktop automatically creates an online account which syncs to the full version, allowing for all desktop and online functionality in one place.
- Zotero: Register for a free account. Find the Zotero quick start guide.
Features: Download desktop application, install reference capture tools in your web browser, cite while you write, import references from databases.
If you have a new Mac, this is the best option for you as there are known issues with Endnote and Mendeley on Mac OS machines.
If you are using a reference management tool that has a "cite" option within Word, you must ensure that you select the correct referencing style for your department twice - in the referencing software and in Word.