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Reference Management Tools for Academic Writing

A Comprehensive Guide for EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a widely used reference management tool to help you collect, organize, and share your references. The user interface is highly customizable. EndNote also allows you to insert in-text citations and format bibliographies in your research paper effortlessly, thus improving your efficiency in writing academic papers or reports.

Major Functions:

  • Maintain large number of references for your dissertations or research projects
  • Organize and manage references
  • Create and format in-text citations and bibliographies in various citation styles instantly
  • Import citations from databases, library catalogues, websites and more
  • Search databases like Web of Science, PubMed and others within EndNote
  • Find full-text articles for references in your EndNote library
  • PDF management and annotation
  • Collaborate with other researchers
  • Work on your references anytime, anywhere

EndNote Desktop (Windows):   


EndNote Online Classic:

EndNote 21 Web (For EndNote 21 users only):

How to use EndNote 21 in seven minutes (Windows)

0:28  Library Creation Process

1:31  Create a New Library Entry

2:45  EndNote Direct Export

3:32  Link up to 45 File Attachments

4:04  Optional Browser Extension

4:54  Export to EndNote Desktop

5:38  Insert Citation Shortcut

6:17  Apply Different Formatting

6:41  Add a New Citation

7:00  Insert Selected Citation

Getting Started

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