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Endnote (online version)

Manage your references and format reference lists in Word documents.

Honours, Research postgrads and staff

USC clients in the above categories have full access to the installed software version of Endnote. This has considerably more features than EndnoteWeb and is more suitable for longstanding research projects.

Contact ITS if you think the Endnote program is not installed on your USC work PC.

You can download the installation software from the Installation page to put Endnote onto your home PC or laptop (Mac version available as well). The Library has regular Endnote training classes for staff and postgrads.

Do you need EndNote Online?

EndNote Online provides the ability to save and organize citations as well as format them. If you don't need long term storage of citations, if you don't think you'll reuse them, or if you just need a quick formatted citation in a major style, you might want to try one of these other options.

Many databases and websites provide citations formatting in APA and other styles (but NEVER for the Harvard(Qld) or Vancouver styles in use at USC). Look for buttons and links that say something like, "Cite Now" or "How to Cite". Some databases will have a citation at the bottom of the page.

In EBSCO databases, the button looks like a page:

Ebsco Cite

Warning: Always double check automated formatting against the rules and examples provided in style manuals and guides. Be especially careful of capitalization, proper names, and dates.

Other Bibliographic Software

Please note: The University of the Sunshine Coast does not provide support for the following software.

A free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.

Free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists. No download required.

Zotero Is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.


Evaluation of Bibliographic Software

Referencing & writing


You must acknowledge the work of others when you use their work in your assignments. You cite or reference their work within your essays and include the details of these references (also called citations) in a reference list at the end of your essays.

The first Harvard Guide listed is also available for sale at Printing Services,  Building R.

Through your course you may need to use one or more of these three referencing styles:

  • APA Style. The 6th edition of the APA Manual of Style is the latest (Library location BF76.7 .P83 2010). Some lecturers may still require you to use 5th edition guidelines
  • The Harvard (Author-date) Style following the recommended style of the Australian government  (Snooks 2002).
  • Vancouver Style. Widely used in medicine and biomedical sciences.

VERY IMPORTANT: If your course outline or lecturer gives you different instructions on referencing, always follow those.

The resources below are recommended guides to these styles.




Free Account-based services

If you do want to save your citations, you might want to try one of these free services, but note that USC provides no support for these services:

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