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Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism

Reference Management Tools

Reference Management

What are the Referencing Tools?

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.


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.


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 take some time to get used to. 

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 provides support and training in the three main reference management software products.

Have you a Query about EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero or would you like to meet a Librarian for help with reference management?


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.


Research Support Librarian

Ciarán Quinn

My Guides:

Research Guides

My Expertise:

Research Support, Data Management, Research Impact


Phone: (01) 7086151


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.

Reference Management Clinics

The Library occasionally runs drop in clinics in the John Paul II Library for students who want to learn how to use reference management products.

Please check the calendar to find out when our next clinic is.