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.
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.
Comparing reference managers
Click on the citation manager logos below to go to guides that provide specific information on and assistance with using that citation manager.
|HSL Guides to learn more||Endnote||RefWorks||Mendeley||Zotero|
|Classes at the HSL||See here||See here||See here||See here|
|Cost||Under $100 through UNC-CH||Free through UNC-CH||Free to everyone||Free to everyone|
|How do you use it?||Full - Your Computer
Basic -Endnote Web
|Internet||Full - Your computer
Basic - Mendeley Web
|Full - Your computer
Basic - Zotero Web
|Major citation styles?|
|Annotation of PDFs|
|Locate articles using Find@UNC Links to our subscriptions||
(See instructions here)
(See instructions here)
|Adds citation from a PDF||
See instructions here
|Sharing options||Email libraries to collaborators||See group options here||Setup a group
(limited to 3 people for free)
|See group options here
(groups use the creator's storage space)
|Free online storage||13,000+ papers||13,000+ papers||5,000+ papers
(more space is costly)
(more space is inexpensive)