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.
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.
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.
You can download and install a copy of EndNote X9 to your own device, however you will need to delete the program when you leave Maynooth University. EndNote desktop can be accessed by staff and students on their own Windows PCs/laptops via AppsAnywhere https://appsanywhere.mu.ie . Windows 10 is recommended for best results.
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 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:
Click here to learn more about EndNote Online.
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.