Commonly referred to as bibliographic, reference, or citation managers, these tools are freely available (you can upgrade for a fee) and allow you to build your own database of resources in a wide variety of formats. Each allows you to:
Below you will find information for Zotero and Mendeley two of the commonly used citation managers. Though both work a bit differently they provide similar services and document outputs.
Zotero is an open-source bibliographic management tool that allows you to save citations directly from library databases in any citation format you choose. You can also use Zotero to create bibliographies and lists of references for term papers. Zotero is free, just for signing up, and you'll keep your account after you graduate. It requires a one-time download.
If you have a RefWorks account, you'll want to transfer your citations from RefWorks to Zotero. Zotero is available by clicking the red button above.
Please Note: Our subscription to RefWorks will cease at the end of December.
Zotero FAQs: https://www.zotero.org/support/frequently_asked_questions
Zotero - Support guides and information
Quick Guide - Creating bibliographies with Zotero
Like Zotero, Mendeley is an open-source bibliographic management tool that will allow you to save citations directly from library databases in any format you choose. Mendeley is also free, just for signing up, and you'll keep your account after you graduate.
Creating Bibliographies with Mendeley - Desktop
Creating Bibliographies with Mendeley - Web
Creating In-text Citations and Corresponding Bibliographies using the Mendeley - MS Word Plug-in