Skip to main content

University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ESL Graduate Student Guide

A guide to the University Library for English as a Second Language graduate students.

Citation Tools

There are many different tools that help researchers manage their citations. The preference of citation tools varies widely across disciplines. Below are the most popular tools available to library patrons. The links lead to the library guides associated with each of the tools. 

Zotero is a free citation management software plug in for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. It enables users to collect, manage, and cite research from all types of sources.

Mendeley is a citation tool that organizes PDFs, annotations, and highlights as well as creates citations to insert into a word processor. 

EndNote is software that allows you to keep track of your citations, organize them into folders, and create references and bibliographies in your papers.

Attend one of the Library's Savvy Researcher workshops for more details and hands-on assistance with these citation management tools. For more information, visit the workshops calendar.

Understanding Citation Styles

Understanding the parts of a citation may be confusing.  The following pages provide information to help you better understand citations in multiple citation styles.

The Citation Styles guide provides links to several other pages with citation guides.

The Writers Workshop is a great resource to take advantage of if you are having trouble formatting your citations. You can attend writing workshops or set up appointments for one-on-one help.