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Citation Management Tools   Tags: citation management tools, endnote, mendeley, refworks, zotero  

This guide will help you get started with managing the information you find online, organizing your citations and writing your research paper.
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    Definition

    Bibliographic citation managers (e.g. EndNote Web, Zotero, etc.) help researchers keep track of their references for research papers, theses, dissertations, journal articles, publication lists, course reserve lists, or any other writing needs. The software also facilitates the downloading of citations directly from the Web, online databases, and online library catalogs. Using bibliographic citation managers helps researchers create bibliographies or lists of references and easily format them in a wide variety of styles.

    As you write academic papers, you will need to use citations in order to give credit to other works you have used to support your argument, show background research, and provide a context to your studies.  Higher level academic papers require you to use a lot of citations, and you can use citation management tools to make keeping track of your sources easier. 

    A citation management tool is an online tool that allows you to store, organize, and export citations according to whatever style you need.  The University of Maryland subscribes to many tools that can make organizing your sources easier. For additional information on why citing is important, follow this link!

     

    Not Sure Which Citation Management Tool to Use?

    Comparing Citation Managers

    The following videos provide some tips on how to investigate and decide on the best bibliographic software for your needs. The speakers touch on criteria such as collaboration, system compatibility, free vs. cost and functionality.

    How to Choose Reference Management Software Comparison of Citation Managers    Zotero vs. Mendeley

     

    This Citation Manager Comparison guide provides a quick reference to the follwoing most used citation managers and can help you pick the tool that is most suited to your needs.

                                         

    Where do I sign up?

    Through the database Web of Science or myendnoteweb

    Get Mendeley

    Sign Up

    for RefWorks

    Register for Zotero

    Cost

    Free for UMD Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    Free for everyone.

    Free for UMD Faculty, Staff, and Students.

    Free for everyone.

    Available after I leave UMD?

    No, unless you go to another institution with a subscription or you purchase a personal subscription.

    Yes

    No, unless you go to another institution with a subscription or you purchase a personal subscription.

    Yes

    Accessibility

    Only available online.

    Accessible online and on your workstation.

    Only available online.

    Accessible online and on your workstation.

    Can I share citations?

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

     Yes, in theory, but I have    encountered a known bug  when trying to add things to a shared folder.

    Ability to directly export from the catalog and many databases

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Attach associated files (PDFs, etc.)

    No

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Link to documents (articles, reports, etc.) with UMDs "Find It"

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes, but it must be manually configured.

    Word processor compatibility

    (requires downloading a plug-in)

    MS Word

    MS Word, Open Office, and LaTex

    MS Word and any other word processor that allows you to save files as .RTF

    MS Word, Open Office, and Google Docs

    Link to Help / Support pages

    EndNote Web Help page and Tutorials

    Mendeley Support and Tutorials

    RefWorks Help page and Tutorials

    Zotero Support and Tutorials

    This guide from the Penn State Libraries provides further insight into choosing a citation management tool.

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