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Compare reference management tools


EndNote is software for managing references and citing, and is recommended for researchers, HDR students and research administrators. It can be used to:

  • import sources from databases
  • reference in many different styles
  • manage extensive research projects or literature reviews

For undergraduate students, the Deakin Guide to Referencing teaches you how to reference before attempting to use reference management software.

Explore the library’s EndNote guide for the latest updates, videos and instructions.

EndNote Help

Other reference management tools

We have compared the functionality of some other popular options for you.

Reference management toolCostPlatformCollaboration Word Processor compatibility Why should I choose it?


Free for Deakin staff and students – download from the Deakin Software Library

Windows, Mac OS X, iOS app

Licensed users may share a Library of references

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, Apple Pages, LibreOffice

Premium product, advanced reference management features, good integration with Microsoft Word.

EndNote Basic


Web browser

Licensed users may share a Library of references

Microsoft Word

Browser based version of EndNote, with simple functionality.


Open Source

Windows, Mac OS X, Linux


Typically used with LaTeX, can be used with Microsoft Office and LibreOffice by installing extra plugins.

Good choice for reference management in LaTeX documents.


Mendeley Institutional Edition is free for Deakin staff and students - sign up using your Deakin email address

Web browser, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS app, Android app

Share reading lists, references or full text articles with public or private groups

Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, BibTeX

Collaborative, social networking functionality, and information discovery features available.

Zotero for Firefox, Zotero Standalone

Free online storage up to 300MB, additional storage space available

Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

Users may share reference libraries with groups

Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, Google Docs

Easy to capture reference information directly from browser.

Visit Wikipedia's Comparison of reference management software for more details.


Visit the Deakin guide to referencing for tips and instructions on how to reference.

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