Reference management tools



Reference management software

With reference management software you can build a personal bibliographic database that holds each book, chapter, article, or any other type of material that you have read or used in your study and research.

You can download records for material that you have read from online searches and use the software to insert references into Word documents. The software will correctly format citations and the bibliography according to a chosen style.

What is recommended at Kent?

RefWorks: web-based reference management software, ideal for wireless networking, use in study bedrooms, and working off-campus.

All of the main citation styles in use by departments at the University of Kent are available for selection from RefWorks.

What's happened to EndNote?

Following a consultation with EndNote users, it has been decided not to renew our site licence.

Existing users with university owned computers can update to the latest version of EndNote - X6, but new installations are not allowed.

How to upgrade to the latest version (existing users only)


  • with Staff Managed Desktops: you can access the new version by going to 'Add or remove programs' via the Start menu
  • with University-owned, non-staff managed PCs: visit the Welcome Desk in the Templeman Library

The student desktops will be updated during the summer.

Where can I find help with using EndNote?

Please see the EndNote online user guide.

How can I migrate to RefWorks?

If you are an Endnote user you can use these instructions to migrate your references from Endnote to Refworks.

If you need help migrating to RefWorks or would like any help with reference management, please use this online form: Help with reference management.


Last Updated: 21/08/2017