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Citation Management Tools

This guide includes information about citation management tools, or applications used to organize your references, generate bibliographies, and collaborate with others.

About EndNote

EndNote Desktop is a reference managing application for the desktop and iPad that you can purchase on your own. Once you purchase EndNote Desktop, you will have access to EndNote Online. These are some of its features:

  • Unlimited reference storage
  • 3,300+ bibliographic styles
  • 5GB of file storage
  • Online search of several hundred databases
  • Webpage reference capture
  • One-click Find Full Text
  • Automatic reference updating
  • Annotate and search PDF text, notes, and annotations
  • Complex bibliography handling tools
  • Multiple bibliography capability
  • Composite references
  • Journal abbreviations recognition and standardization

EndNote Basic is a limited, free version of the desktop/iPad application. It provides users with the following features: 

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • 21 bibliographic styles
  • 2GB of file storage
  • Online search of the 6 most popular databases
  • Webpage reference capture

You can see a comparison of the current versions of EndNote at this EndNote Feature Comparison Chart.

Once you have EndNote Desktop, you can use the following URLs to add full-text PDFs to your library. They will only work when pasted into EndNote Desktop. To be able access our databases using EndNote search, go to the Preferences/Find Full Text screen, enter the following URLs, and apply:

After you authenticate with your ASURITE and password, you will see a page menu page for our proxy server listing library resources showing login was successful.

If you are unable to access our databases using EndNote after following the above instructions, you can download LibKey Nomad as an alternate way to access full text resources:

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension for most major browsers that provides instant links to full text content for articles subscribed to by ASU Library.

Vendor Information

How to download, install, and use EndNote

EndNote Homepage: Students can get a discounted copy of EndNote by verifying that they are eligible here.

EndNote Online Homepage: Install and use the free EndNote Web.

EndNote Video Channel: Step-by-step video instructions for the desktop and iPad applications on EndNote YouTube Channel.

Compare EndNote desktop app with the online component.

EndNote X8 Little How-to Book

PDF Quick Reference Cards:

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