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Avoiding Plagiarism

Learn how to avoid plagiarism and to reference your sources correctly

What are these programs?

The easiest way to bring together references from all sources is to use bibliographic reference managing software. Some of the apps with free versions include Zotero, EndNote Basic and Mendeley. Trinity has a subscription to a more powerful version of EndNote than the free app.

These apps allow you to import records from multiple databases, library catalogues and to also manually enter citations, and save them as a database in one location. They can then put the citations into your document, in a reference style you specify.

The Library runs classes on using EndNote throughout the year. We support two versions - EndNote Online and EndNote Desktop.

EndNote Online

EndNote Online is free for all members of Trinity to use. It is cloud-based, with a small plugin to install on your computer that enables it to be used directly with Microsoft Word.

EndNote Online is generally fine for short written documents but for more advanced assignments and theses, we recommend using EndNote Desktop. EndNote Online and Desktop can sync together, so you can use one and then move to the other, or use both together if needed.

EndNote Desktop

EndNote Desktop is more powerful and is definitely recommended over the Online version for staff, postgraduates and undergraduates preparing long written projects. This app is installed on computers in Trinity’s computer rooms, and can be installed for free on computers owned by Trinity staff and students while they are at College.