Reference Management Tools are softwares to help you to:
Organize, annotate and manage your references.
Import references from online databases, library catalogs, websites and PDFs.
Create in-text citations and formatted bibliographies.
Share references with other researchers.
Work on your references anytime, anywhere.
Why should I use Reference Management Tools?
When writing academic papers, it is a scholarly practice for you to make citations when using someone else's work or idea. Adding in-text citations and references also help you to avoid plagiarism. Many stumble with references when writing their paper because they either do not remember where the reading is taken from, or they are unfamiliar with citation styles. Hence, Reference Management Tools like EndNote is useful because they:
Help you stay organized with all the papers, books and websites you have used during your research
Enhances your efficiency in academic paper - you create in-text citations and references effortlessly
Create accurate in-text citation and formatted bibliographies in required citation style easily.
Free up your time from manually managing references so that you can spend more time on writing and researching!
Which tools are available to me?
Three commonly used reference management tools at PolyU:
Major strengths of different citation management tools are listed below:
: Easily customizable citation output styles.
: Strong PDF management.
: Strong ability in capturing reference from diverse sources including webpages.
No single tool is perfect - they all have their distinct strengths and weaknesses.
When deciding which tool to use, you can use the table below to help you decide which is the best for you. Also, there will be additional advantages in sharing and collaboration if you select a tool used by your peers.
Sometimes you may need to use more than one reference management tool for different purposes especially when references are easily transferable between platforms. For example, you may use Zotero to help you capture your webpages and for the actual writing of your paper, you may choose to use EndNote.
Comparison of EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero
Easily customizable citation output styles
Strong in PDF management
Strong ability to capture information from diverse sources including webpages