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Campus Library FAQ: What are citation management tools? Which tool should I choose?

Frequently asked questions at the UWB/CC Campus Library

Citation Management Tools

What are citation management tools?

Citation management tools—sometimes called citation managers, reference management tools, or reference managers—enable you to store, organize, annotate, and share your references for research. They can also be used with a word processor to automatically insert in-text citations and format bibliographies according to your desired style, such as APA, Chicago, MLA, and many more.

Which tool should I choose?

UW Libraries supports three citation managers: EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero. These tools provide the same basic features: saving citations, organizing them into folders, and generating in-text citations and bibliographies as you write. See the Choosing a Citation Manager chart for a comparison.

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