Which reference management software should I use?

Aberystwyth University provides access to and support for

  • Citations & Bibliography in Microsoft Word 2010 - is a standard feature of Microsoft Word 2010 on campus computers
  • EndNote online - freely available online; enhanced version available to all Aberystwyth University staff and students
  • EndNote desktop - available on campus computers; personal licenses are available for purchase

An EndNote iPad app is also available for purchase online.


If you decide to use software to manage your bibliographic references, this information may help you decide:


Citations & Bibliography in Microsoft Word 2010

  • Citations & Bibliography is a group of tools on the Referencing tab
  • You cannot gather references from online catalogues or databases; you must type them in by hand or copy and paste the author, title etc into the different fields in an online form for each book, chapter, article etc
  • This may suit you if you need only cite a relatively small number of references
  • References can be converted subsequently to EndNote desktop (then synced with EndNote online) later if you want to

EndNote online (was EndNote Web)

  • Is free for all Aberystwyth University staff and students
  • Is conveniently available online
  • Has the most important tools and features for reference gathering, managing, formatting and citing/creating bibliographies in word-processed documents
  • References can be synced to EndNote desktop

EndNote desktop

  • Has the full set of reference gathering, managing and citation tools and features including customising citation styles, smart groups and finding full text
  • References can be synced with EndNote online and the iPad app
  • Costs £75 for a personal license for your own computer
  • Is available for a minimal fee (via an official departmental order) for installation on University-owned computers; it may suit you if you have regular use of a departmental computer in an office or lab

EndNote iPad app

  • The EndNote iPad app syncs with EndNote online and EndNote desktop
  • Convenient for gathering and managing references if you have an iPad
  • Does not provide citation tools; you cannot cite the references into documents with the app alone

Other software


Other reference management software is available. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need advice on how to integrate software you use with the Primo library catalogue and subscribed electronic resources available via Aberystwyth University libraries.


Still unsure?


Contact your librarian to discuss your requirements

Contact for this page:
Information Services, Aberystwyth University, Hugh Owen Library, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DZ
Tel: 01970 62 2400 Email: is@aber.ac.uk