An introduction to citation tools

2. Citation Tools

2.1 Endnote

This is the market leader, and the most widely used and recognised citation and research software. It costs around several hundred pounds on a commercial basis and about a little under £100 with an educational discount. Is it worth it?

Some say yes, others no. EndNote has some important strengths. It has got good online searching capabilities which help you to find sources and link to them. It integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Word, and it is also widely known and therefore unlikely to just disappear. EndNote is software based so it is not reliant on web browsers, which acts as both a strength and a weakness. It will work equally well online and offline.

The downside of EndNote is its inability to cite websites very well (which is increasingly becoming important in some fields of historical enquiry). It is also not very good at creating split bibliographies (by which is meant breaking down a bibliography by primary source, journals, monographs etc.).