Citation management

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

Citation management tools at SLV

The citation management tools below are supported by the SLV catalogue. You can push a citation directly from the catalogue to one of the below tools. You can read more about the citation managers on this page, and make a decision about whether one of these tools is right for you.

There are also a range of other citation management tools and bookmarking apps, both paid and free, available online. 

You will also find a range of citation generators online. A citation generator does not necessarily save your citation, but will automatically generate a citation in your chose format, based on the information that you provide it. Sometimes these generators will rely on third party information to generate the citations, so make sure you check the result before including it in your work.


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™ Basic (formerly EndNote Web / EndNote online) is a commercial reference management software package produced by Clarivate Analytics (previously Thomson Reuters) which includes a free, online only web version. A full desktop version  is included with the paid subscription option (EndNote 20).

EndNote Basic 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 EndNote Click - a Chrome extension - which adds a toolbar to the browser for saving references directly into an EndNote library, install the free Capture Tool to their preferred browser bookmark bar, or install the free EndNote iPad app to access access your library on your Apple device.


Mendeley logo

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

You can download Mendeley Reference Manager (desktop version) for free, or use Mendeley Web. The web version will have slightly reduced features, but will work on its own. Alternatively, you can use both versions together and sync them. An older, simplified version of Mendeley Desktop is also still available for download.

Mendeley also offers a citation plug-in, Mendeley Cite, to insert references, citations and bibliographies straight into a Word document. Users can also install Mendeley Web Importer as an extension to most browsers, allowing you to import papers, web pages and other documents directly into your reference library. A premium paid version is also available for extra cloud storage. 

Mendeley Cite supports most citation styles, and allows custom styles to be downloaded or added manually. Mendeley will default to APA 6th edition when it is first opened.

As a social network, Mendeley has the option to create groups and share references with group members, which can be particularly useful during team research projects. 


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.