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Reference Management Tools for Academic Writing

A Comprehensive Guide for EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero

EndNote Web

EndNote Web is a free online version of EndNote. It allows you to get connected with your EndNote desktop or even EndNote for iOS so that you can access your reference library anytime, anywhere.

Although you can use EndNote Web to import & manage references, as well as to insert in-text citations & bibliographies in MS Word, the functions available in EndNote Web are still limited as compared to the desktop version.

Therefore, we recommend you to use EndNote Web together with the desktop version, so that you can enjoy both the convenience of a web-based reference library and the robust functions brought by EndNote desktop.

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
  • Collaborate with other researchers
  • Work on your references anytime, anywhere
EndNote Web:  

Getting Started with EndNote Web

To use EndNote Web, first you need to register an account. 

  1. Visit to register. If you have previously registered a personal account for other Clarivate products, such as Web of Science or InCites JCR, you can use the same user credentials to login.
  2. Use a valid email to register an account - it doesn't need to be your institutional email address. Beware of the password rules listed below. Alternatively, you can register with your Facebook or LinkedIn.
  3. Activate the account after receiving email from EndNote.
  4. Agree to the license agreement.
  5. Then you can start using EndNote Web. You can hide the getting started guide if you wish.

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Creative Commons License

Except where otherwise noted, the content of this guide is licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License.