If you currently find yourself typing the same citations (references) into your assignments time after time, or if you manually create reference lists and bibliographies, then you should consider using bibliographic software. Once a citation has been recorded using bibliographic software, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies or reference lists in the correct style (for example, Harvard or Footnotes).
Two of the most commonly-used bibliographic software packages – RefWorks and EndNote – utilise the cloud to store references. RefWorks is purely cloud based, in that you can only access your reference list over the Internet. EndNote does provide a desktop as well as a web version, but if you want to access your EndNote library from more than one location then you will be using EndNote Online. And you guessed it – it’s in the cloud!
RefWorks and EndNote Online are entirely web-based programs and is free to use for Hull University students. The desktop version of EndNote is available on the University Network. While most students find the free web version is suitable for their needs, you can buy a copy of the EndNote program for your own laptop or home computer, please use this link: Buy EndNote and choose the EndNote X7 Student-Download option.
Mendeley and Zotero are free bibliographic software packages that have desktop and online options, but neither are available on the University Network and are not supported by the University. Mendeley and Zotero do not support the University of Hull Harvard or Footnote referencing schemes but if your department uses APA or OSCOLA they may meet your needs.