Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Free Endnote download for UR

We recently received notice that UR students, faculty and staff may now download the EndNote client for PC or MAC from this ITS page free of charge. Yes, we have licensed EndNote for the entire University. Find out how to get help with EndNote on this library page or the River Campus Libraries' A-Z Database listings.

EndNote is a citation management software, similar to RefWorks. Use it to store, manage, and search for bibliographic references. EndNote formats citations, figures, and tables in Microsoft Word with the Cite While You Write feature, and allows creation of bibliographies with other word processors.

How does EndNote differ from Refworks? Whether you use (or recommend) one product or the other depends on individual needs and situation. Pat Sulouff will address the difference in greater detail in an orientation session that she will soon offer on River Campus, but briefly, here are a few reasons that people have given for preferring EndNote:

- It is not dependent on Internet access
- Output styles are more sophisticated
- Filters are configurable
- Connection files are more sophisticated
- More ability to customize

No one at Sibley has yet done any testing of either Endnote or Refworks to see how they handle the difficulties posed when citing printed music, sound recordings, or video. If any reader of this blog has such experience and would care to comment we would be happy to hear about both positives and negatives.

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