Managing references

Reference management software allows you to create a personal database or library of references and generate automatic bibliographies in a variety of referencing styles.

UNSW IT has negotiated with selected reference software management vendors to provide access to EndNote and RefWorks for current UNSW staff and students.

Help with referencing

Students can contact Academic Skills UNSW for help with referencing. Schedule a consultation in person on campus, or online via Microsoft Teams.


EndNote software is available as a free download for PC and Mac from IT Services for UNSW staff and students.

Filters and connection files

Filters are used when importing saved records from a database search into EndNote when direct export is not available.

Connection files enable EndNote to open, search and import references from university and public library catalogues. The UNSW Library connection file is available on the EndNote website.

Other connection files and filters are also available on the EndNote website.

EndNote online

EndNote online (previously called EndNote web) is the web-based version of EndNote. You can sign up for an account with EndNote online.

EndNote training and support


RefWorks is a web based reference management system that lets you manage references and create bibliographies in a variety of formats.

A new version of RefWorks is now available.

Choose one of the following options:

Once you have created your new RefWorks account, log in to RefWorks.

When exporting references from a database you will be asked Which version of RefWorks would you like to export to? Choose Export to the new RefWorks.

Output styles and import filters

A list of output styles and import filters can be found on the RefWorks website.

RefWorks training and support

Alternative bibliographic software management programs

Wikipedia has an article comparing reference management software.

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