Referencing Software and Tools


Basic Referencing Tools

  • You have up to about 12 references
  • You want a one-time reference list
  • You probably won't use the references again

Examples of Referencing Styles
OWLL's Referencing website section gives examples of several styles, including:
APA Interactive | MLA Interactive | Chicago Interactive

Tools for Creating References
Discover: Find your item, then use the Cite button

Google Scholar: Find your item, then use the quotation marks icon

ZoteroBib: Creates references and builds reference lists

Microsoft Word: The References tab creates a bibliography, citations and references. Can be exported to EndNote.


Full Referencing Software

  • You have more than about 12 references, or you will reuse a few references again
  • You want to store your references and their PDFs and create in-text citations and reference lists
  • You have the time to learn new software

Extensive Massey Library support | Free to Massey users | Fuller functionality

Some Massey Library support | Free | Good for web and multimedia sources | Easier to use

Limited Massey Library support | Free | Reference manager and academic social network

See a comparison of these products



Arrow Check which referencing style is required for your course or research

Arrow Know your selected style well enough so that you can check your references and edit them if needed

Arrow Choose the right tool for the job - basic or full?

Arrow Enter accurate information into referencing tools - they don't correct errors

Arrow Trouble-shooting – try a Google search and look in the results for a university website or for the software’s help forum

Arrow Contact us for help


Classes and Support

Referencing Software Classes (Face to Face and Online)

Zotero | EndNote | EndNote for Mac | Advanced EndNote | EndNote and Long Documents

Massey Library Support

Introductory EndNote (2,622 KB) | More EndNote support and help

Zotero Guide (2,103 KB)


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