EndNote & Others

What is EndNote?

EndNote is a widely used reference management tool to help you collect, organize, and share your references. The user interface is highly customizable according to different needs. EndNote also lets you effortlessly insert in-text citations and format end of paper bibliographies for your research paper, thus improving your efficiency in writing academic paper or report.

EndNote 20 for Windows has just been released. To better understand the impact on our users specific to possible errors and compatibility issues after the upgrade, we are now working very hard to test it before releasing it to our users. We hope that EndNote 20 will be available for you to download around Feb 2021.


General Features

  • Maintain a large number of references for your dissertations or research projects
  • Organize and manage references
  • Create and format in-text citations and bibliographies in various citation styles instantly
  • Import citations from databases, library catalogues, websites and more
  • Search databases like Web of Science, PubMed and others within EndNote
  • Find full text for references in your EndNote library
  • PDF management and annotation
  • Collaborate with other researchers
  • Work on your references anytime, anywhere


What Reference Management Tools are available at the Library?

Besides EndNote, all computers in the Library are pre-installed with Mendeley and Zotero, which are easy-to-use free software.


Which tool is right for you? Get started by reviewing the following features

EndNote X9
  • Unlimited storage (depends on the storage size of your computer)
  • Use the built-in bibliography maker to create and format citations in 6,000+ styles
  • View and annotate PDFs
  • Easily customizable citation output styles
  • Share your references with up to 100 EndNote users
  • Work seamlessly with citation databases like Web of Science and Scopus: When you import references from citation databases, your references will automatically display their Times Cited Count and a link to Related Records
  • Download and install EndNote X9 on your own computer

Mendeley Logo

  • Free software
  • Create public or private groups and share documents with your research team instantly
  • Add note, highlight or summary to a group document in real-time

Zotero Logo

  • Free open source software
  • The only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser
  • Automatically sync your data across as many devices as you choose

Comparison of EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero

Features EndNote Mendeley Zotero


Easily customizable citation output styles

Strong PDF management

Strong ability to capture information from diverse sources including webpages

OS Compatibility

Window & Mac

Window, Mac & Linux

Window, Mac & Linux

Web Version

(only works for Firefox,
Chrome and Safari)

Mobile Version

(iPad only)

(3rd party apps only)

Storage Capacity

No limit

Desktop: no limit
Web: 2GB for free

Desktop: no limit
Web: 300MB for free

Import citation from OneSearch

Import citation from databases

Import citation from the Web

(extremely robust but only works for Firefox, Chrome
and Safari)

Find Full-text

Rely on Mendeley

Rely on Zotero

Work collaboratively with others?

Duplicate detection

Create formatted bibliographies, in-text citations in word processor

Format bibliography

6,000+ styles and can create your own style

8,000+ styles

8,000+ styles

Edit citation styles

By specific computer
language only

By specific computer
language only

What happens when I leave PolyU

Can keep the references, but subscription is required for version upgrade in future.

Can keep the references and free to upgrade to the latest version.

Can keep the references
and free to upgrade to
the latest version.


Training and Support

- EndNote: Library EndNote Guide | Online Course | User Guide | In-depth Training | Training Video
- Mendeley: Library Mendeley Guide | User Guide | In-depth Training | Training Video
- Zotero: Library Zotero Guide | User Guide | In-depth Training | Training Video