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Bibliographic Referencing Software

An overview on using Bibliographic Referencing Software

What is Bibliographic referencing software?

Bibliographic Referencing software, citation management software or referencing software is software used mostly by researchers and authors to perform 2 main functions:

  • To collect, organise citations
  • To create bibliographies which can easily be inserted into Word documents

Macquarie University has a licence for:

EndNote20 EndNote for Mac

EndNote 20 EndNote for Windows

Mendeley Mendeley

We also has a subscription of an online and collaborative LaTeX editor, Overleaf, in which you can easily integrate your BibTeX files into documents. Overleaf Professional features include real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history.



This guide provides information about these applications and other free software that has similar functionality.



A citation provides information needed to locate a book, journal article or other resource. These are usually listed in a bibliography, index or database.

Book: Generally a book citation would include author, title, place of publication, publisher and date of publication.

Book citation example

Journal article: Generally, a journal article citation will include author, title of the article, title of the journal in which the article appeared, volume number, issue number, date of publication and pages on which the article appeared.

Journal article citation example

Different disciplines may use different forms or styles to cite references. These are called citation styles.

Citation styles

The Referencing guide provides examples of different citation styles.