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Citation Managers: Citation Managers

A guide to some popular citation managers for collecting, organizing, and citing references

Choosing a citation manager

Citation Managers

When you want to:

  • Organize and save citations/articles
  • Share citations/articles with colleagues
  • Create in-text citations
  • Generate Reference Lists
  • And more!

Consider One of These:

  Zotero Mendeley EndNote Basic CiteThisForME
URL zotero.org mendeley.com endnote.com/basic citethisforme.com
Pricing freemium freemium free freemium
Citation Styles

all common

styles

all common

styles

most popular

styles

all common

styles

PDF storage automatically automatically  manual upload no

Word Processor Plug-Ins

(in-text citations, bibliographies)

yes yes yes not free
Web-Based Access yes yes yes yes
Desktop Synced Library yes yes yes no
Google Docs

drag & drop

citation

drag & drop

citation

no no
Generate Reference Lists yes yes yes yes
Direct import of RefWorks Library yes yes yes no

 

Note: Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote Basic are comparable to RefWorks in their features for organizing and saving citations. CiteThisForMe is best for generating a one-time Reference List.