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Referencing guide: Reference management software

EndNote reference management software

  • When researching for assignments and dissertations, you will collect many references to articles, books and other documents. EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop are tools that enable you to store and organise references from various library databases including, amongst others, Scopus, Web of Science, Econlit, IBSS, IEE and PubMed.  Note that there are often limits on the number of references you can export concurrently and that these limits vary between individual databases.
  • EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop also enable you to import references into your work, allowing you to 'cite while you write', so that they appear as citations in your main text and as references in your reference list / bibliography.
  • If you use referencing software, you still need to check the accuracy of your referencing and we recommend that you use multiple methods to store your references.  For example, many library databases provide the option to select and email results, or save them to a file.   

EndNote Online

The EndNote Online page contains help and information on using the online version of EndNote.

  • EndNote Online is generally considered more suitable for undergraduates and taught postgraduates, but researchers might also like to consider using it.   
  • It is a free online tool, available both on and off-campus for storing, and organising up to 50,000 of your references (and 2GB of attachments) in the 'Basic' version, and an unlimited number of references and attachments in the full version. 
  • There are two versions of EndNote Online – many more styles, filters and connection files are available if you register via our institutional Web of Science subscription.
  • The version that is available via Web of Science includes various referencing styles that are specific to University of Bath, for example, Harvard (Bath).

EndNote Desktop

The EndNote Desktop page contains information and help on using the desktop version of EndNote.

  • EndNote Desktop is most suitable generally for research postgraduates and staff.
  • It is an advanced piece of desktop software which is freely available via the University managed PCs.
  • It offers greater functionality and storage capacity than EndNote Online but takes longer to master.
  • You can connect to EndNote Desktop off-campus via remote desktop connection. Alternatively, use an EndNote Online library synchronised with your Desktop account.
  • Personal copies of EndNote Desktop can be purchased at a discounted rate.