Referencing Software

Moving to Endnote Online from RefWorks (Undergraduate / taught postgraduates)

 At of the start of the new Academic Year 2021/22 the University will be moving to use EndNote Online for all undergraduate (UG) and taught postgraduate (PGT) students.

This represents a positive response to feedback on the UoB user experience with RefWorks in recent years.  We have listened to this feedback and believe that EndNote Online will provide students on taught courses with a more reliable user experience for their referencing needs.

If you are a RefWorks user and continuing at the University from 2021-22, please use the instructions in our online guidance to create an account in Endnote Online and transfer your records from RefWorks:

This should be done by 30 September 2021 at the latest, when the subscription to RefWorks ends.

If you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate student at UoB, but not currently using referencing software: you are recommended to set up an account with Endnote Online using the instructions linked above.

See further details about Endnote Online.

In the meantime: should you have any queries regarding this change, please email .


RefWorks can still be used until 30 September 2021. 

Endnote Desktop

Endnote Desktop is recommended for PhD students / PGRs, post-doctoral Researchers and University staff, and supported for those users by the Research Skills Team.  

Please note that Endnote Desktop is a different product to Endnote Online.

Other software

For subjects which rely heavily on the use of mathematical symbols and equations, other packages such as LaTeX and BibTeX are available. Although we do not offer any formal support for these packages more information can be found from the links below.

NB: Whichever referencing software you decide to use, please take care not to inadvertently or otherwise share full-text articles or files of material which are under subscription to the University of Birmingham.  Otherwise you may be in breach of copyright and licensing agreements with publishers and suppliers.  Note that Endnote (Desktop or Online versions), for example, only allow article links and basic records to be shared, not whole articles.


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