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Compare RefWorks with EndNote  

Use this table to decide which citation manager is right for you.
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2013 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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RefWorks is a web-based citation management and formatting program that is made available by UNC-Chapel Hill campus libraries for use by faculty, staff, students and alumni.



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EndNote is bibliographic management software you purchase and load on your computer. Students, staff, and faculty can purchase EndNote at a discount through Student Stores. Faculty and Staff can purchase EndNote with departmental funds (if available) through ITS Software Acquisition.


Choosing Between RefWorks and EndNote

Both RefWorks and EndNote allow you to create a searchable database of reference citations.  So, which one is best?  Consider the following:

  • RefWorks is web-based and can be accessed from anywhere there is web access.  Multiple users can log into the same RefWorks account if you are all affiliated with UNC.  This access is free to all UNC-CH faculty, staff, currently enrolled students and alumni.
  • EndNote is installed on your computer or network.  EndNote Web, a component of EndNote, allows you to access your references when you are away from your computer.  The program is available for purchase from UNC Student Stores.  Some departments and schools make EndNote software available to their faculty and staff. 

Remember that you may move your references from EndNote to RefWorks and vice versa, so if you don't like one program you can always switch.

    See the below chart for an in depth comparison of RefWorks and EndNote.


        Compare RefWorks and EndNote

        Endnote and RefWorks are the two supported citation and formatting managers that the HSL supports. RefWorks is web-based, free and has easy options for group support. Endnote is under $100 through UNC-Chapel Hill, installed on your personal computer and allows management and annotation of your PDF library. Both integrate with Microsoft Word and make citing items and formatting your citations a breeze.


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