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Citation Managers

Citation tools help you keep track of PDFs, citations, and bibliographies during the course of your research projects. Many citation managers share some common features, so choosing one can be a bit confusing. The most popular citations managers are Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote Online.


Zotero is a free open source tool that allows you to collect, manage and cite research sources. With Zotero, you can:

  • Automatically extract citation information from websites, library catalogs, databases and more.
  • Save PDFs, images, screenshots, and other files.
  • Record your research notes.
  • Automatically create formatted bibliographies in many different styles.
  • Use a plug-in that allows you to insert in-text citations in your Microsoft Word document.
  • Sync the citations and files you save online.
  • Access your saved information from anywhere.
  • Share your saved information online with groups.

View the Zotero Guide for more information, including instructions on installing and using Zotero.