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Citation Management Tools

Resources and assistance for users of EndNote, EndNote Web and RefWorks

What Are Citation Management Tools?

Citation Management Tools (also known as reference managers, bibliographic software, and related names) help you keep track of the research literature you are reading and using in your projects, papers, articles, theses and dissertations. When conducting large or lengthy research projects, these software tools can assist you in staying organized. Most of these tools also work with your word processor to help automate the in-text citation and bibliography creation process. These tools can help save you some time and effort.

There are two types of citation management tools: standalone and web-based. The UH Libraries provide access to two web-based tools:

In addition, a standalone version of EndNote is available for faculty from the UH IT Software page and for students from Cougar Byte.

There are also several good free tools on the web (see the "Tools" list on the left).

If you need assistance in selecting the product that's right for you, please feel free to contact me.


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EndNote and the UH Libraries' Catalog


In EndNote Online, from the “Collect” tab, select “Online Search.” Then click “Customize this list” and find the U Houston entry. Copy it to your favorites, then select it and you’ll have a search box to use.

Perform your search, then select the records you want to import into your library. There’s a video here: that will show you how to do it.

ENDNOTE X and beyond

In the standalone versions of EndNote, (X, X2, X3), use the “Online Search” function under the Tools menu. It appears that for EndNote X3, UH is not included with the installation, but it can be downloaded from the support site.

Use this link to download the connection file. Save it to the Connections folder nestled inside your EndNote program folder (Program Files>EndNote>Connections). Once you’ve done this, you can then search the UH catalog within EndNote.

Style Guides

The UH Libraries keep print copies of the latest MLA, APA and Chicago style manuals at the Information Desk (1st Floor). Here are some links to web versions:



The UH Libraries offer access to the following e-books on bibliographical citations:

Combining Thesis Chapters Into One Document

If you have been writing your thesis and keeping each chapter in a separate WORD document, you may wonder how to combine the EndNote references properly.

This link:

will give you good step-by-step instructions on how to combine all of your chapters into one document and easily reformat the citations into one bibliography.