Manage your references

Importance of managing your references

References should always be accurate. This allows your readers to know and find the sources of information you have used.

The best way to make sure your references are correct is to keep a record of all the sources you used when reading and researching. Bibliographic reference management software makes this easier.

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a tool that can be used to:

  • store and manage your references
  • store and annotate attached PDF files
  • add citations and
  • generate a list of references in Microsoft Word.

EndNote is available for students and staff to download, install and use whilst enrolled and/or working at Charles Sturt University.

Download and install EndNote here

You can download the software for free as a Charles Sturt student or staff member.

Download EndNote now

Video guides to EndNote

The Library team has created a series of videos on aspects of using EndNote. You can view the full EndNote video guide series by clicking the button below.

Watch the video series

Your Guide to using EndNote and NVivo for Literature Reviews

NVivo can be used with EndNote to help you identify articles, key findings and influential authors when conducting a literature review. It can:

  • import PDF files and bibliographic information from EndNote
  • organise and tag literature
  • help you keep track of critical quotes
  • track ideas.

More about using EndNote with NVivo

Learn more about referencing

Remember that EndNote doesn't replace the need to learn and understand referencing. You can check your references using the Charles Sturt referencing guides.

View more information about Referencing

More about managing and citing references

Referencing management software can help you collect, organise and annotate references, as well as cite them in documents you write in Microsoft Word. There are a number of commonly used applications as well as EndNote, including Mendeley and Zotero.

Access these applications


The library also offers in-depth training sessions on EndNote, at both introductory and advanced levels. You can either watch a recorded session or enrol in one of our workshops.

Register for workshops

You can find a list of all the professional development (PD) events and sessions in this calendar.

Watch recorded workshops about managing your references