Citation management

A guide to saving citations and creating bibliographies from the State Library catalogue.

Export direct to online citation management tools

The State Library catalogue currently supports exporting citations to three popular online citation management tools: EasyBib, EndNote Web and RefWorks. You can also choose to export the citation in the RIS format for subsequent importing into other tools.

To export a citation for a catalogue record to any of these services, click the title to open the record in the full detail view and select the appropriate option from the Save as menu.

Save as menu options

A new window will open for your chosen citation manager (you may be required to log in or create an account if you haven't already done so); follow the instructions to complete your citation export.

Export citations in RIS format

RIS is a plain text file format that uses a standardised set of tags developed by Research Information Systems, Inc to allow citation management programs to import and exchange data.

The RIS file format is supported by the majority of citation management tools currently available, so you can use this option to export citations from the State Library catalogue into desktop tools such Citavi, Mendeley, Zotero, or the desktop version of EndNote. The format is also compatible with online citation managers such as EasyBib, EndNote Web and RefWorks.


EasyBib logo

EasyBib® is a free, online citation management tool for generating citations and creating bibliographies.

EasyBib includes the option to create a free account, which allows users to save citations and generate a bibliography using the MLA style but it should be noted that this option includes ads on the website. Alternatively, you can subscribe to EasyBib Pro to gain access to APA, Chicago, Harvard and many other citation styles.


EndNote logo

EndNote™ online (formerly EndNote Web) is a commercial reference management software package produced by Clarivate Analytics (previously Thomson Reuters) which includes a free, online only web version and a full desktop version that is included with the paid subscrition option

EndNote online also includes the option to install the Cite While You Write™ plug-in which allows users to insert references, and format citations and bibliographies automatically while writing papers in Microsoft Word. Users can also install a Firefox extension which adds a toolbar to the browser for saving references directly into an EndNote library, or install the free EndNote iPad app to access access your library on your Apple device.


ProQuest RefWorks logo

RefWorks, by ProQuest, is a commercial web-based reference management product that is typically only available to members of an educational institution through an institutional account.

If you are currently enrolled at a university or other education provider you may be able to create a RefWorks account by signing in with your institution's credentials, however if this doesn't work, you'll need to talk to a librarian or administrator at your institution to see if RefWorks is available.

If you do have an account, you can find additional details about using the product at the ProQuest RefWorks LibGuide.

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