EndNote is a particular brand of content management software. It allows people to store bibliographic references in files that are referred to as libraries. Endnote can be used on Windows and Macintosh computers.

Alternatives to EndNote

EndNote is not the only bibliographic tool that is available for you to store, manage and cite your references. There are some free alternative tools listed on this page. The Library does not provide assistance for these tools, but there are a number of online support materials that are available for you to use.


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organise, cite and share your research sources. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files. Each user receives 300 MB of free storage, additional storage is available for purchase.

The Zotero Quick Start Guide provides and overview of Zotero's features and capabilities.

Access and downloads


Help is available from Zotero’s website.

Reminder – CQUniversity does not provide assistance with this software.


Mendeley is a free reference manager as well as an academic social network. Your are able to create a library of references, cite as you write and read and annotate PDFs. Each user receives 1 GB storage, additional storage and features are available for purchase.

Access and downloads


View help guides and video tutorials from this page, Getting started with Mendeley Guides.

Reminder - CQUniversity does not provide assistance with this software.