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Systematic reviews: Manage references

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 support page contains information and help for users of the online version of EndNote. EndNote Online is generally considered more suitable than EndNote Desktop 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.  More styles, filters and connection files are available if you register via a Web of Science database link in the Library website.
  • The version that is available via Web of Science includes various referencing styles that are specific to University of Bath, for example, Harvard (Bath).
  • Should you wish to, you can transfer references between EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online.

EndNote Desktop

The EndNote Desktop support page contains information and help for users of the the desktop version of EndNote.  EndNote Desktop is generally more suitable than EndNote Online for research postgraduates and staff.  It is an advanced piece of software that offers greater functionality and storage capacity but it takes longer to master.

Two options for accessing EndNote Desktop

  • EndNote Desktop is freely available on the University network and is accessible on-campus on any University-managed PC.  If off-campus, you can access it using a UniApps connection. If you use the networked copy, you will need to transfer your stored references to another tool (e.g. EndNote Online) just before completing your course or contract. Otherwise, you will lose access to those references once you have left the University. 
  • The University of Bath has a site licence which allows you to download EndNoteX9 to your own device: this will enable you to import references (from EndNote) into Word without having to be online. It will also enable you to store your references in perpetuity.