Avoid a referencing nightmare

The University of Birmingham has extended their licence agreement for EndNote, so this post about using reference management software from Lynne Harris, Research Skills Advisor, will be equally useful for new and continuing postgraduate researchers alike.

Why do I need to use referencing software?

Keeping an accurate record of all the material you have consulted in the course of your research is essential and can help you to avoid plagiarism.  Referencing software is an excellent way to manage your research literature.  EndNote x9 logoEndNote is the referencing software recommended to researchers as it is suitable for most subject disciplines, has functionality that is especially useful to researchers, and is fully supported by the University.  Other software is available (e.g. Mendeley) so find the option that works best for you.

When can I get help with referencing?

Act now!  It is valuable to use referencing software from as early as possible in your PhD. This will save you time and ensure that you are working effectively.

What does EndNote do?

EndNote imports, stores and manages references, and can then search for full-text to attach to the references.  You can add your own (searchable) notes and attachments to the references, as well as group them however is most useful for you.

EndNote allows you to create references and bibliographies in Word in a range of different referencing styles.  These styles include: Cite Them Right – Harvard, APA, MHRA, MLA and Vancouver.  Your academic supervisor should advise on which style is preferred by your discipline.  There is generic advice on the i-Cite guide.

The option to synchronize a single EndNote Desktop library with a personal online account can improve your workflows and productivity.

Where can I use EndNote?

Good news!  The University’s extended licence agreement (from Sept 2019) means that you can use the EndNote software (PC and Mac versions) both on- and off-campus for work and personal study without cost.

How can I acquire the software?

The mySoftware site provides links to the latest version of EndNote X9.2 for you to download for free.

If you do not wish to uninstall the software when you leave the University, you may wish to buy a personal copy of EndNote software at a discounted price (a one-off cost of around £100 including VAT) and yours for life.  Both PC and Mac versions are available for download from Bilaney Consultants.

Who can I contact for further support and training?

The Research Skills team in Library Services deliver EndNote training courses.  There is also a Canvas course on which you can self-enrol.  Extensive training materials are also available on the Clarivate LibGuide.

The IT Service desk can provide technical assistance downloading and installing the software.

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