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EndNote Online: Other referencing tools and apps


  • There are many online referencing tools and apps freely available to download and use on the web (for example Zotero, RefChef, Cite This For Me, Neil's Toolbox and Citavi). None of these free tools are endorsed by Bournemouth University.
  • Currently BU only endorses and supports the use of Endnote (online and desktop).

Guidance: referencing generator online tools and apps

If you choose to use referencing tools online or download any apps you must consider the following:

  • EndNote is currently the only referencing tool endorsed and supported by Bournemouth University. Endnote can be set to output references in BU’s version of the Harvard style.
  • Be aware that they vary in quality and ultimately you are responsible for the references you submit. Always proof-read your references if you create them using any online tools or apps.
  • Poor referencing from online reference tools and apps may affect your marks, or in serious cases, may contribute to academic offences (plagiarism).
  • Unsupported tools and apps may not be regularly updated. Using them carries a risk that support may be withdrawn without notice and you may lose your stored references.
  • BU Library Teams provide guidance and support for referencing, including one-to-one or small group sessions.
  • BU’s guidance on how to avoid plagiarism and the Study Skills area on Brightspace.