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Citation Tools

Citation Tools

Citation/bibliographic software tools are enormously helpful in organizing your references and then properly and easily cite them in a document.  Citation/bibliographic software tools  interact with your word processing program and allow you to easily cite the information and create your bibliography at the end of your paper.   There are a number of options available,  the tabs here provide information on a few of the more popular ones. 

The Library  provides training sessions for EndNote  and Mendeley. 

Switching to a different tool?  Not a problem.  You can easily  export and import references   from one product   to another:

NOTE: A word document created in RefWorks can be converted to EndNote.  See  "Converting  a Document" section half way down the EndNote Tip Sheet.

Looking for information on citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago etc.)?  Check out



Need help in choosing the best tool?


EndNote is very powerful desktop software for managing citations.   The Library does not have a site licence for EndNote.  You will need to purchase a copy through the Medical bookstore  by phone 403-2206863.   Note the desktop version comes with access to the web version of EndNote so you can work both in an online and desktop version with automatic sync. There is a significant discount for students. For more information see this guide

For more information on Endnote including settings for finding fulltext see   Tips and Tricks: Find Fulltext .  Also linked to off EndNote Guide .

The Library does offer training sessions on EndNote.  The EndNote website offers extensive training and help including a number of videos.



EndNote Online is available to students, faculty and staff in two ways:

1.  Automatic access with the purchase of the desktop version of EndNote

2.  All University of Calgary students, faculty and staff have access to EndNote Online  through the University of Calgary's subscription to the database Web of Science.   Just create an account on Web of Science.   This account will also allow you to save Web of Science searches and to create alerts so that you are kept informed of new citations in your area of research.

Quick Guide on exporting records from a variety of databases into EndNote online - prepared by Health Sciences Library

How to move references from RefWorks to EndNote Online

NOTE when you import your references from RefWorks  into EndNote you need to use the  Import Option "RefMan RIS".  If you do not see this as an option,  Select Favorites" and locate "RefMan RIS" and copy to your favorites.   REFWORKS IMPORT will not work.  


The Library's subscription to Refworks ended in December 2016.

How to move references from RefWorks to:

NOTE: A word document created in RefWorks can be converted to EndNote.  See  "Converting  a Document" section half way down the EndNote Tip Sheet..

There is no way to automatically download attached files to a different bibliographic software program; you must save them and reattach to records in new bibliographic software.

Zotero like Mendeley is a free tool to help you easily collect, organize, cite and share references.

Mendeley is a free citation management tool which allows users to save citations, PDFs, websites, and more.  It is also an academic social network that allows users to collaborate with like-minded researchers from around the world.

For more information see:

These tools allow you to quickly cite individual works:

Basic Comparison Chart


I think that I will…

Yes or No

Best Product

Our Reasoning

Be working on more than one computer and in more than one location


EndNote Online



These are a web-based tool . As long as you have internet access you are ready to go.

I may not always have access to the internet


EndNote /EndNote Online


These tools save to your computer and you always have access to them

A lot of my research involves searching websites & images.  I will need to save copies of webpages and images. These may include Amazon, Flickr, ArtSTOR



Zotero uses “snapshot” feature.  It  can find & format relevant citation information from a site. It is  great with web-based publications like newspapers.

I need share my citations with others.


EndNote Online



All allow sharing.

I am not great on computers yet and I may need a lot of help to get started


EndNote Online



While we support as many of the products as possible,

we formally provide instruction & support for  EndNote & Mendeley.

I will be writing short papers right now, maybe requiring me to reference 5-10 sources and I am new to all of this



Citation Machine

Noodle Tool


These free tools easily allow you to format a reference on the fly and copy it into your paper.

I am doing extensive research and need to organize many references and PDFs




EndNote has no storage limit and allows great customization of all features of the product.



Other tips:

  • Talk to people in your department and see what they are favouring
  • Take advantage of online tutorials produced by the various products