Citation Tools

Reference management tools can help you:

  • Import and organize citations from article databases and websites
  • Reuse citations in multiple papers and/or different citation styles
  • Use word processor plug-ins to insert citations and build bibliographies 
  • Newer products may allow you to:
    • directly search databases from within the tool;
    • upload, annotate and take notes on pdfs 
    • share references with others
  • create a backup of your references to import into another program.

Experiment with the various programs to find what works best for you!


Top Choice

Citation Management with Zotero

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Free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Runs as a separate application with a connector that plugs into your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge).

Library support available (how-to workshops).

Other Choices

View our basic comparison chart for some of the more popular programs.

  • Zotero
  • Mendeley
  • EndNote
  • EndNote Online Premium
  • RefWorks

For more options, see the Wikipedia comparison chart.

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