Currently UCD provides students and staff with access to EndNote X7 and EndNote Online. UCD Library provides training for both versions.
But there are many similar programmes for managing references. Some offer additional features that might be more suitable for your workflow, other programmes might be more popular with your peers. There are programmes that are freely available (at least for a basic version), others charge an annual fee or you can purchase them as a standalone application.
Below are some of the more popular alternatives. We have listed the most prominent features and limitations. For a comprehensive comparison you can visit one of the websites in the Comparisons box.
Unless indicated otherwise all programmes work under Windows and Mac OS. They also allow direct export of references to text editing software such as MS Word or OpenOffice.
Note: We feel that our users should be informed about alternative reference manager programmes. UCD Library does not provide any support for installation, use or other queries.
This is a free, basic version of EndNote Online, provided by Thomson Reuters. For a full comparison between the basic and the full version check out the EndNote website.
Zotero is a free open-source application for managing references. It was first released in 2006 and is developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
More in-depth comparisons of reference managers (including some not mentioned in our LibGuide) can be found on the following websites:
Mendeley is another free application for managing references. It was first released in 2008 and is now part of Elsevier’s product palette. Mendeley is very popular with LaTex users.
This is just a selection. More can be found listed in a number of comparison tables (see box to the left).
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