EndNote is a bibliographic citation manager.
What is a bibliographic citation?
A bibliographic citation is any reference to a book, journal article, video or other source that you might use in an academic paper or article. EndNote allows you to manage those citations by saving, organising, and formatting them into a bibliography or reference list in your thesis, publication or assessment. Visit the Endnote Guide for more information.
What will it do for me?
- Import sets of references found in database searches.
- Provide a place to keep unlimited number of article references' associated pdfs, charts, illustrations etc along with its abstract and research notes.
- Insert references into your thesis or publication and automatically format them in the style you have chosen.
What won't it do?
- It won't teach you how to reference correctly; you need to know how to do that before using any citation manager.
- It won't make a correct reference if you enter incorrect data, or enter it in the wrong place.
Should I use it?
- If you are doing research and handling lots of references, you should be using Endnote!
- Endnote is a computer program and it takes time to learn and gain proficiency, so you should get some training from your librarian before using it.
- It is most likely to be useful to researchers writing a thesis or preparing a publication with a substantial number of references.
- Undergraduate students who want to use a citation manager should consider using EndnoteOnline as it is web based and you can teach yourself to use it. Students may use Endnote on campus PCs if they wish.