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EndNote & RefWorks -- Citation and Reference Management Tools

WELCOME to the UC Libraries Information Portal for Citation & Reference Management Tools

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  • This guide is transitioning to a single Citation Management Software guide If you are linking to this guide, please update your link.  
  • No updates to this guide will be made moving forward. 
  • On August 31st any links to this guide will be redirected to the Citation Management Software guide.
  • This guide will be deleted in December. 

What are Citation & Reference Management Tools

These tools may be either software packages or Internet based services that provide you with the capability to electronically collect bibliographic resources, including full text, from hundreds of databases.  These tools enable you to manage, organize and edit this data and integrate the resources into your manuscript as in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies. Citation & reference management tools offer most of the following features:

  • Electronic collection of bibliographic resources from most commercial research literature databases, e.g. Art Abstracts, BIOSIS,  ERIC, MLA, PsycINFO, etc.
  • Electronic collection of bibliographic resources from most public catalogs, e.g. NLM (PubMed),  LC, OhioLINK, UCLID, etc.
  • Creation of formatted (all major styles) bibliographies, footnotes and in-text citations
  • Convenient linking to full-text resources saved on a PC or on the Internet
  • Management and organization of bibliographic resources in one or multiple databases
  • Detection and management of duplicate bibliographic resources
  • Browsing and searching of your own bibliographic databases (Keeping found things "found")
  • Sharing of electronically collected resources, often including attachments

UC Libraries provides support for the following two citation & reference management tools: EndNote and RefWorks.  Use the Navigation Bar on the left to access the UC Libraries' EndNote or RefWorks (Legacy & NEW) websites, a workshop calendar and even comparison tables and RSS feeds for citation and reference management tools.

Which is the best tool for me???

The answer to this question really depends on your personal situation, environment and preferences.  Both ot the Citation & Reference Management tools supported by UC (EndNote and RefWorks)  are excellent products.   EndNote X9 is the latest version of EndNote. The UC Libraries currently supports two versions of RefWorks (Legacy & NEW).  However, if you select RefWorks as your new citation and reference management tool, we recommend that you select the NEW version of RefWorks.

Either EndNote or RefWorks will likely satisfy most, if not all, of your requirements.  However, you are welcome to review the "Comparison Tables" page to compare features of EndNote, RefWorks and other Citation & Reference Management tools.

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