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Citation managers are software tools that help you find, save, and organize the information sources (articles, books, etc.) you need. They do much more than simply generate a citation in a particular style, though they can do that, too! (For accuracy, double-check citations with a style guide.)
A citation manager is great to use when you are working on a large writing project, like a dissertation or other capstone project, for which you need to keep track of many sources.
How do I decide which citation manager to use?
You can find lots of reviews, blog posts, articles, etc. out there about people comparing citation managers. Here's one page that covers the reasons you would choose Zotero, Mendeley, or Endnote. Here is another that compares several different tools.
Cost is certainly a factor in choosing a citation manager. Fortunately, free options like Zotero and Mendeley are robust and easy to use. You may find that a fee-based tool like EndNote is not necessary for you.
Choosing a citation manager is a personal decision that should involve comparison, experimentation, and a real idea of what it is you want the software to do for you. Even most of the fee-based tools offer free trials, so don’t be afraid to test out various tools before you decide which one best fits your needs.
Mendeley is a free, online citatation management tool. You can download Mendeley here: www.mendeley.com/
This recorded webinar covers many Mendeley basics. After clicking play, click the timestamp in the YouTube description to jump to selected topics.
Guides and tutorials from Mendeley.
The Library staff supports students and faculty in their use of EndNote, but the Library does not provide access to the desktop version of EndNote. Access to EndNote Online is available for students and faculty through the library's Web of Science subscription.
Contact us by email at [email protected] with your EndNote questions.