Citation Management Tools

What is citation management software?

Citation management software allows you to create databases of citations or references to resources (books, journal articles, web sites, etc.).  The software facilitates the insertion of citations within a research paper as in-text references, footnotes, or endnotes, and the creation of a formatted bibliography using a citation style of choice (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

What citation management software is available?

There are many open-source and commercial citation management software options to choose from.  Zotero and Mendeley are two of the most popular free software options.  Zotero (open source) is often used in the social sciences, humanities, etc.  Mendeley is often preferred in the sciences.

The Libraries provide workshops on Zotero and Mendeley (please see Workshops page for upcoming sessions).  For information on footnotes, bibliographies, and writing manuals, see the Footnotes and Bibliographies guide.

Please note: Access to RefWorks has been discontinued as of June 30, 2015, and is no longer supported.  Questions? Please contact

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