Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Should I use Endnote or Endnote Web?

JCU has a license for both the Endnote (desktop based) and Endnote Web (web based), packages for managing citations.

Endnote and Endnote Web both handle saving, storing, editing, organising and importing references.

They also work with Word, Open Office Writer and Pages (Mac) to Cite While You Write (CWYW). CWYW means you can produce a fully cited paper with reference list in your chosen style (e.g. APA 6th, Harvard) by inserting individual references from your Endnote library.

Endnote (the original desktop version) has more features than Endnote Web. These include the ability to save full text of articles directly in your library, knowing that your library is saved to your own computer and is accessible if you are not connected to the internet and you can exceed the 10 000 reference limit you get with Endnote Web.

Researchers and postgraduate students will typically download Endnote from the JCU site to make use of its fuller features, (see the comparison table below for what Endnote has that Endnote Web does not).

If you require the full version of EndNote you can download a copy of the software for use on your own personal computer or on a JCU office computer. Instructions are available from our website.

If you don’t have thousands of references, you may find that Endnote Web is a better option. It is easier to use and doesn’t require you to download anything to your computer to use, while still allowing you to save a reference once and use it multiple times, and to output it in different styles and share with others.

Information about EndNote Web is available online. At present, only EndNote Web is available via the GATCF computers at the University, as the full version of Endnote does not work properly on them.

From the Endnote website:

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