Reading a book
Reference management applications such as EndNote are designed to help you:
  • collect references electronically (YorSearch, Google Scholar, e-Journals and bibliographic databases)
  • manage a personal library of references for multiple projects
  • add citations to your writing and generate lists of references in a range of bibliographic styles

It also provides links to full text, stores pdf copies of articles or other documents, and allows you to work collaboratively.

Reference management applications can save you a lot of time and help maintain a high academic standard. For more about this, see the Academic Integrity pages (opens new window/tab).


EndNote is the main reference management application available at the University of York and is available as both an online and desktop application; you can even use both versions, with references automatically synchronised.

Other common applications include Zotero (a FireFox plugin), Mendeley and PaperPile (Google Docs).

MS Word

Both versions of EndNote work with a plugin for Microsoft Word (a free download for Online users) that interacts with your EndNote library. You can insert citations and construct a corresponding reference list as you write, using any of the wide range of bibliographic styles.

Note: EndNote also works with OpenOffice, but you cannot then use the document in both OpenOffice and Word without risking corruption.

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EndNote comparison

We would recommend undergraduates start with EndNote Online and migrate to EndNote Desktop if the Web version no longer meets your needs.

EndNote Online EndNote Desktop
  • Used from a web browser with references stored in a personalised online reference library
  • Free registration for all users and free plugin for Word (PC and Mac)
  • EndNote Online is a great choice for your time as an undergraduate. There are no costs, and you can use your reference collection on University and personal computers, both PC and Mac
  • Free account continues if/when you leave York
  • Installed on all University classroom PCs
  • References stored in a 'local' file wherever you choose
  • Available for installation on University-owned PCs and Macs
  • Must be purchased for use on own equipment (academic discount available)
  • EndNote Desktop copes better with larger numbers of references, and so is often the preferred choice for researchers and academic staff. Others with more specialised needs may also prefer the desktop version

 Find out about Using EndNote Online

 Find out about Using EndNote Desktop

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EndNote does not work directly with LaTeX editors, however you can export sets of references in BibTeX format and prepare them for use with a LaTeX document using a suitable application, eg JabRef.

Find out more about using EndNote with LaTeX.