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Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism

Reference Management Software

Reference Management

Referencing Software, some options!

1. EndNote

2. Mendeley

3. Zotero

Other tools popularly used for reference management include Refworks, and referencing for Microsoft word. You may find these helpful, although they may not be as comprehensive as our other recommended reference management products.

For formatting references immediately certain websites like Cite This For Me are popular. Such websites, while quick and easy to use, are not as reliable as the reference management products the Library recommends.

Online Help Guides

Reference Management Software

Reference management software gathers, stores and formats your references for you, which should save you a lot of time.

The reference management products the Library recommends using are EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero. These products may take some time to get used to, but it will be worth it.

Be advised that no reference management product is perfect and you should always check the end result against referencing examples in your course handbook.

The library will answer your queries and provide training, so please contact us if you are having any difficulties.


EndNote is an online reference management product. The version of EndNote available to Maynooth University students is EndNote Online.

You can use Endnote Online to:

  1. Gather and store all your references in one place.
  2. Cite these references while writing assignments.
  3. Save time!

Click here to learn more about EndNote.



Zotero is an application to help you manage your references. It is free to use and has a desktop and web importer option.

Click here to find out more information about Zotero.


Mendeley is an online reference management product that works similarly to EndNote.

It is free to download and use.

You can download a desktop version and as a web importer for your browser and sync the two.

Mendeley is a very good tool for storing PDFs and it is also known for being an academic social network. 

Click here for more information on Mendeley.


Reference Management Support

If you have any queries about Endnote or would like additional training or support  please contact the Research Support Librarian 


Alternative Reference Management Software