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?
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