Use recognised scholarly practices and referencing software to organise your research literature and references effectively.

Your responsibilities

Acknowledging and citing information sources correctly is an essential part of academic culture and shows that you are acting with integrity. Acknowledging sources requires consistency in style and format.

It is important to understand how to reference correctly whether you use referencing software or not. If using software, you will still need to proofread the output and correct any mistakes.

Find examples of how references should appear in different styles.

Referencing guides

Your responsibilities

Acknowledging and citing information sources correctly is an essential part of academic culture and shows that you are acting with integrity. Acknowledging sources requires consistency in style and format.

It is important to understand how to reference correctly whether you use referencing software or not. If using software, you will still need to proofread the output and correct any mistakes.

Find examples of how references should appear in different styles.

Referencing software

Use referencing software to:

  • create and store references
  • import references from databases and Google scholar
  • organise references into categories or groups
  • annotate, add notes to references
  • insert citations and a bibliography into your document share references.

Be aware that:

  • it takes time to learn the software
  • familiarity with the required referencing style is crucial for accuracy
  • you must check and correct records
  • backing up is essential—files can be corrupted and unrecoverable.

Choose your referencing software

There are many software options available. To decide what referencing software to use:

  1. List your criteria—weigh importance if applicable.
  2. Compare how each option performs against your criteria.
  3. Try the free or trial version before deciding on your preferred software.

You will be able to convert your referencing library from one program to another if needed.

Compare EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley
CriteriaEndNoteZoteroMendeley
Cost

Free to Griffith staff and students.

Free 30-day trial for non-Griffith users.

Proprietary software.

Free to download desktop client.

Includes up to 300 MB online storage.

Choose a paid plan for more online storage (not needed if using local version).

Open source software.

Free to download desktop client.

Basic plan includes 2 GB cloud storage, beyond which premium pricing applies.

Proprietary software.

Support and training

Supported by Griffith University Library.

Not supported by Griffith University.

Not supported by Griffith University.

Operating system
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • iPad
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Mac OS (not compatible with Mojave and Catalina)
  • Linux
Web version available Yes Yes Yes
Browsers supported
  • Firefox (recommended)
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera (using the Chrome connector)
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

Browser add-on for instant saving of references

Yes, EndNote Capture Reference add on for references.

Yes, Zotero plug-in also downloads any accompanying PDFs or files. Yes, Mendeley Web Importer.
Annotate PDF Yes, in EndNote built-in viewer. Not within Zotero but with PDF apps. Yes, in Mendeley built-in viewer.
Integrated with word processing software

Yes

Yes

Yes

Word processing software supported
  • Microsoft Word
  • Pages
  • Nisus
  • Scrivener
  • LaTeX
  • Microsoft Word
  • Libre Office
  • Pages
  • LaTeX
  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Word
  • Libre Office
  • LaTeX
Organising references Two levels of management (group sets and groups); some filters. Multi-level management (using collections, sub-collections, keyword tagging and saved searches). Folders and subfolders, and some filters.
Notes
  • Creates reference lists.
  • Good for systematic reviews.
  • Lacks reference types for archival sources.
  • Can install AGLC, requires a new reference type table.
  • Has accessibility features, supports screen readers.
  • Creates reference lists.
  • Captures webpage citations easily.
  • Reference types suitable for archival sources (documents, letters).
  • Can install AGLC.
  • Add footnotes or endnotes to Word in one step.
  • Support for users of screen readers.
  • Creates reference lists.
  • Drag and drop PDFs into your library and creates a reference record.
  • Problems with citing government. publications.
  • No accessibility features or support for screen readers.

EndNote

As a Griffith student or staff member, you have free access to the current version of EndNote.

Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates, researchers, and academics can request support for EndNote issues.

Download on personal computers

Download on staff computers

Get output styles

Enable preferences to find full text

Follow data entry best practices

Import PDFs

Learn the basics

Work through our library tutorial to get started with EndNote.

EndNote basics tutorial

Common questions

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Zotero

Zotero is a free reference management tool. Use it to help collect, organise, and manage your references. It allows you to automatically create citations and bibliographies.

Download Zotero

We support EndNote, for assistance with using Zotero refer to these self-help resources.

Learn the basics

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference management tool. Use it to help collect, organise, and manage your references. It allows you to automatically create citations and bibliographies, share your research and collaborate with others.

Download Mendeley

We support EndNote, for assistance with using Mendeley refer to these self-help resources.

Learn the basics

Get specialist advice

Library specialists can assist staff, Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and students enrolled in Honours research with EndNote.

If needed, we can arrange a time to talk to you by phone or online.

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