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Citation management tools are useful for many citations that you will use again. These tools are perfect for long-term storage of multiple citations and longer bibliographies.
Sometimes called citation managers, reference management tools, or reference managers, these tools 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.
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.
To decide which tool best suits your needs, review the chart below and talk with colleagues in your department about the tools they use and why. Once you choose a tool, know that you can always change your mind. Citations can easily be transferred between tools, but please note that attachments don't always transfer.
|Supported Operating Systems (Desktop)||Windows, Mac, and Linux||Windows, Mac, and Linux|
|Direct Export from UW Libraries Catalog||✓|
|Microsoft Word Integration||✓||✓||✓|
|Google Docs Integration||✓|
|PDF Annotation||Unshareable outside program||✓|
|Collaboration||500 Groups of up to 1,000 other users||Free: Five groups of up to 25 members||Unlimited members and groups|
|Web Page Snapshots||✓|
|Cloud Storage Space||2GB||$0: 2 GB personal / 100mb shared.
$55/year: 5 GB personal
$110/year: 10 GB personal
EndNote 20 available for purchase
|Free (2GB): $0
Plus (5GB): $55/year
Pro (10GB): $110/year
Can pay per-month or per-year
Must pay per-year
|Code Availability||Proprietary (Clarivate)||Proprietary (Elsevier)||Open Source|
Make an appointment for a Zoom consultation to learn more about using and choosing a citation tool.
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