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Overview of Referencing software

There are a number of software packages available which will assist with referencing and organising documents.  Some of these packages come at a cost.  A Google search for free referencing software will bring up several entries.  It is sensible to compare these packages and choose the right one for your needs.  There are a number of free programs available to assist with in text referencing and creating reference lists and bibliographies.  Some of the features (such as storage) require an upgrade to be purchased for a fee. Below is a summary of some popular resources:

  • EndNote Online (Endnote Basic) (free version)
  • EndNote
  • Refworks
  • Zotero - is a free referencing tool with the ability to organise, collect, cite and share reference information.

Citation generators

  • Cite this for me
  • EasyBib

EndNote Online

End Note Online or EndNote Basic - Free online version

EndNote Basic is is the web-based version of EndNote.  It is slightly simpler, including the core functionality of the full EndNote software but without some of the advanced functions. 

Click here for a Quick Reference Guide (PDF).

EndNote Online CWYW Overview (Cite While You Write) training videos are available to download from the EndNote Training webpage.


EndNote is referencing management software.  It is used to keep track of resources and assist in building a reference list or bibliography. Most universities have a version of EndNote available to download free for their students.  Also check with your university library to see if they have a customised version of the output referencing style available for download for your university or faculty. 


EndNote - How to:

Set up, organising references, basic functions and inserting citations into documents can be found in these quick reference guides. 

Click here for a Windows Quick Reference Guide (PDF) or here for a video tutorial (7 minutes)

Click here for a Mac Quick Reference Guide (PDF) or here for a video tutorial (6 minutes)


EndNote Training

Endnote has a large collection of training resources and user guides available online. 


RefWorks is an online tool which allows users to create and organise databases containing reference resources.

A Navigation guide describes the basic features of the program.

A list of video and print tutorials on a variety of topics is available.



Zotero allows you to collect, organise, cite and share research sources.  It is an extension of the Mozilla Fire Fox web-browser.  The Quick Start Guide will explain the features and uses.

Citation Generators

Citation generators

The sites below will format your source in your chosen referencing style. 

Refme is a citation generator, and includes a Referencing Guide for the following referencing styles:

 Harvard           APA            MLA         AMA


This website will format the reference you have in a given style.  It also has a citation generator available to format your reference into a given style.  Listed below are Guides from a few of the most frequently used styles.

APA       Harvard       MLA       Vancouver

A sample citation generate for the Cite this For Me website is below:

In-text: (Cite This For Me)

Bibliography: Cite This For Me,. 'Cite This For Me: Harvard, APA, MLA Reference Generator'. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 June 2015.


EasyBib is also a citation generator for a number of source types and can format in APA, MLA, Chicago and many more.  A sample citation generated for the EasyBib website is below:

Hooray! Here's your new citation:
"EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer." EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 June 2015.

Citation Guides for MLA, APA and Chicago styles are also available.


Windows - EndNote Training

Macintosh - Endnote Training