Are there free referencing tools available to help researchers?


Yes, there are! EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software for staff but there are also free referencing apps that you may like to explore.

By Zotero
Cost: Free
Available: Zotero website
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research source. Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

There are two versions of Zotero. Zotero Standalone runs as a separate application and plugs into your choice of browser. Zotero for Firefox lets you capture and organize all your research without ever leaving the browser.

Recent changes to Zotero for Firefox has streamlined the saving of webpages. Zotero senses information on webpages through bits of code called site translators, which work with most library catalogs, popular websites such as Amazon and the New York Times, and many gated databases.

By Mendeley Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Mendeley website and iTunes
Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers, students, and knowledge-workers. Mendeley is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Apple devices.

You can make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate your PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Sync your library across all your devices including Mendeley Desktop, where you can easily cite your research as you write in Microsoft Word.

Mendeley recently introduced the Mendeley Data repository. According to the Mendeley Blog: the repository is ‘designed to help you do more with the data that comes out of your research, allowing you to publish your data, share it, and make it available for other researchers’. It allows you to upload the raw data from your research, ‘where it is given a unique identifier that makes that data citable’.

Want help?
For support with Mendeley and Zotoro please refer to the vendors’ help pages and community forums. For further information on referencing software, see the Library Guide on Referencing Software.

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