New to citation tools? Keep reading below, use the links to the right to check out the guides or make an appointment, or view recordings of our citation tools webinars here.
WHAT ARE CITATION TOOLS?
Citation tools help you store, organize, and share your research citations. They also automatically format your bibliographies and in-text citations into whatever style you need (APA, MLA, Chicago, and many more).
WHICH TOOL SHOULD I USE?
UW Libraries supports four citation managers: EndNote Basic, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero. These citation managers provide the same basic features -- they allow you to save citations, organize them into folders or libraries, and generate bibliographies and citations as you write.
To decide which tool is right for you, review the chart below and talk with people in your department about the tools they use and why. Once you choose a tool, know that you can always change your mind; sources can easily be transferred between tools. (Please note that attachments don't always transfer.)
The best way to figure it out is to set up an account on one of the tools and try it! It can also help to make an individualized appointment with a graduate student librarian at the Research Commons to learn more about choosing and using the tools. We are here to help!
*EndNote also has a desktop version available for purchase from the UW bookstore
**Save to widgets have varying levels of functionality. Zotero and RefWorks seem to be the best at gathering data from various sources
For a longer of list of citation managers and their features, see Wikipedia’s Comparison of Reference Management Software
Table last updated: 11/14/17