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Arts & Creative Industries Subject Guide: Managing your References

This is the subject guide for the School of Arts & Creative Industries

Managing your References

Managing your references

Endnote Desktop / Endnote Online

EndNote is a software tool that can help you carry out the following tasks: 

  • Import references from online databases

  • Manually add and organise your references in your own ‘library’ databases

  • Insert citations into a Word document as you write

  • Create bibliographies in a variety of bibliographic styles

  • EndNote Desktop is available via the university network for Edinburgh Napier University staff and students to use when working on campus.

  • EndNote Online, the online version, allows users to manage their references and create bibliographies off-campus. It is more suited to the needs of undergraduate students than the full desktop version, although postgraduate students researchers and staff may wish to use it for reference collection in EndNote format, when they are not at their own desk.

Further information about registering and getting started with EndNote and EndNote Web can be found on our helpsheets page.



  • "Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research."

  • Allows you to import PDFs, read, annotate, organise and access them from anywhere

  • Generate bibliographies and citations

  • Collaborate with others and promote your work


  • If you use the Firefox browser, the Zotero extension is a popular and easy to use referencing tool