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Reference management software for your research

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 Endnote Online 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.

EndNote Basic (free)

  • Introduced in April 2013.
  • EB is a free , limited version of EndNote.
  • Anyone can install this version aytime, free of charge. This will never be neccessary for USC staff or students as we have a full site licence.
  • But, if you leave USC you can keep your Endnote libraries and continue to use them wioth EndNote Basic.

 More information on Endnote Basic here.

EndNote vs. Endnote Online

EndNote is a software program for referencing which is installed on a computer. Endnote Online is the web version of that software and requires no downloading or installation (aside from the optional plugins). USC students and staff can use Endnote Online freely, but if you leave the University your Endnote Online access will cease 12 months after your last login on campus or through the Library's website.

USC also has a software site licence for the installed version of Endnote and it is pre-installed on all Library (and many other computer lab) PCs.

It is easy to export/import sets of references in either direction between Endnote Online and Endnote.

                                                               ENDNOTE X7                              ENDNOTE ONLINE

Comparison table for Endnote versions

NOTE: The Library only provides Endnote support for personal laptops and desktops to honours students, research postgraduates and staff. Undergraduates should use Endnote Online on their personal computers, but may use either Endnote or Endnote Online on USC campus computers.

Document Sharing and Organisation - Referencing, Notes, File Sharing

Drop Box A free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving that can be had in a paid version or a more restricted, advertising-supported, "free" version.
Quosa Free trial available. Includes features for article archives and document management, text analysis, workgroup literature sharing.

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.




Do you need Endnote Online?

EndEndnote Online is a we based version of Endnote and allows you to save and organize citations as well as format them.

It does not have many of the more advanced features of Endnote but is useful if you are away from your main computer. You can save citations to Endnote Online and easily import them to Endnote later when you are back at your machine. It also gives you the ability to share references with anyone you choose (like your research team or your students). We recommend that you set up an Endnote Online account  even if you do not use it very often.


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.

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.

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