Looking for a citation manager but unsure which one to choose? Or writing a paper and not sure how to construct your bibliography? Citation management tools are programs that enable you to keep track of your research, manage citations, generate bibliographies in various citation styles (e.g. APA, JAMA, Chicago), and organize PDFs. These tools work directly with word processing programs such as Word and Google Docs and some of them even allow you to directly download and annotate PDFs or insert figures with captions into manuscripts. Our library staff has compiled information about the most popular citation managers to help you find the one that suits your needs in the research guides below:
This Fall, we will be featuring a series of posts spotlighting different citation management tools. What is a citation management tool? Citation management tools are programs that enable you to keep track of your research, manage citations, generate bibliographies in various citation styles (e.g., APA, JAMA, Chicago), and organize PDFs. These tools work directly with word processing programs such as Word and Google Docs. They may also allow you to directly download and edit article PDFs, and insert figures with captions into manuscripts. Popular citation management tools includes EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero.
Our second post in this series will focus on the marvelous and free citation tool, Mendeley! As with other citation tools, Mendeley allows you to collect and organize references, generate bibliographies and insert citations into a manuscript.
Additionally, Mendeley allows you to:
- Install a One-click Web Importer to import references from research databases and websites directly from your web browser of choice
- Create Watch Folders to automatically add PDFs to Mendeley Desktop
- Collaborate using Groups with other researchers by creating a Mendeley account on Mendeley.com
- Store up to 2GB free of PDFs attached to references (Private Group storage space: 100MB)
- Annotate and highlight PDFs
- Organizes PDF files through tagging
Want to learn more about Mendeley and how to get started?
Exams and papers looming? Here are some of the great resources the library has to offer!
Is there a book you need but you can’t make it to the library? Check to see if we have it available electronically! You can search the library’s catalog or browse our growing eBook collection here.
EndNote/RefWorks are citation management programs that are available to Tufts students. These programs allow you to create a personal database of references from which you can generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.
Learn more about EndNote.
Learn more about RefWorks.
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The Research & Instruction Librarians are here for you Monday-Friday (7:30-5:00) and can assist you with your research questions. They’re experts in searching databases (like PubMed, Ovid Medline, and Web of Science), skilled in the use of citation managers (Refworks, EndNote), and will help you search high and low for the answer to any question. You won’t usually see them behind the desk, but they’re on-call and waiting for your questions. You may not know this, but the R&I Librarians also serve as liaisons to different schools and departments: http://www.library.tufts.edu/hsl/services/liaisons.php; feel free to see who your liaison is and yes, they take appointments!
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