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Cite Them Right Online

Cite Them Right Online explains and demonstrates how to cite, both in-text and in a reference list or bibliography, a wide range of material types: books, journal articles, lecture notes, law reports, web pages, computer games, live performances...

Get to Cite Them Right Online from its DiscoverEd record.

Harvard (author-date) is shown throughout but many material types are demonstrated in other citation styles too: APA, Chicago, MHRA, MLA, OSCOLA, Vancouver.

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General information on referencing and plagiarism is also presented.

Reference management software tools

EndNote

EndNote is supported by the University and available as desktop run software and as a web application. The desktop version has the full range of features and functions.

From both you can export chosen references in BibteX format for use in LaTeX.

BibteX from EndNote online

Both versions provide automatic citing within Microsoft Word. For Word installed on the open access lab computers, the "Cite While You Write" plug-in is already available and can be used with an EndNote desktop or online.

 

EndNote desktop

EndNote desktop is on the Start menu of the University's open access computers and can be downloaded onto most University machines for free from the Software Centre in the Start menu.

Download EndNote desktop for free, onto your own device.

 

EndNote online

Register via Web of Science for more file saving space.

Guide to registering for EndNote online (incl. Cite While You Write plug-in)

Then go directly: www.myendnoteweb.com 

EndNote online Cite while You Write screenshot

Citing and avoiding plagiarism

Citing and referencing demonstrates breadth of research and helps avoid plagiarism. To understand more about plagiarism and how and why to avoid it, see the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development's guide:

Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

Choosing a reference management software tool

Reference management software lets you store, annotate and group references and also automatically creates citations and reference lists in your documents.

There are a number of different reference management software tools available. For help in deciding which is right for you, please see our software comparison table from the link below:

Software comparison table

There is also a self-enrol course on Learn which starts with reasons to use reference management software and includes learning resources for four of the most popular reference managers: Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote and Citavi. It ends with some frequently asked questions:

Choosing a reference manager self enrol Learn course

Help with EndNote

There is support and help available from staff on using EndNote, desktop and online. Also for Mendeley.

The Digital Skills and Training programme includes workshops and webinars on EndNote for which anyone can sign up and for which the workbooks are sometimes available for people to go through themselves in their own time.

Digital Skills and Training website

Links to some of the Digital Skills' workbooks

Your Academic Support Librarian is another source of advice.

Reference management software tools contd

Mendeley:
www.mendeley.com  

Zotero is non-commercial, open source:
www.zotero.com 

ZoteroBib is a free service that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software:
https://zbib.org/