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Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism

Reference Management Software

Reference Management

Reference Management Software

Reference management software gathers, stores & formats your references, and creates In-Text Citations/ FootNotes  in your papers, which will save you a lot of time when writing and also give you a Library of references to draw from in the future.

The reference management product the Library recommends using is EndNote (Desktop & Online versions are available), but Mendeley and Zotero are also popular. 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 vs EndNote Online Comparison Chart

Online Help Guides

Referencing Software, some options!

1. EndNote

2. Mendeley

3. Zotero

Other tools popularly used for reference management include Refworks (limited version integrated into Library Search), 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.

Where to get Endnote !

Maynooth University has access to two versions of Endnote:

EndnoteX9 (desktop version of Endnote) and Endnote Online. These can function independently but they are also companion pieces to each other and they work most effectively when used together.

For full details on downloading EndNoteX9 onto your device click here.

For Endnote Online click here.

EndNote Desktop

You can download and install a copy of EndNote 20 to your own device. EndNote desktop can be accessed by staff and students on their own Windows PCs/laptops via AppsAnywhere

Download and install EndNote from Apps Anywhere (video). 

For more information on Reference Management tools such as EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online you can visit our Referencing Guide here.

EndNote Online

EndNote is an online reference management product. MU also has access to Endnote x9 the desktop version of EndNote which is interoperable with 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 Online.



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