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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Citation Managers

An overview of Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote citation management programs

About Citation Managers

At their most basic, citation management tools allow you to:

  • Collect articles, books, webpages (and lots more) for use in research.
  • Format and create bibliographies using a particular citation style, to export into a research document. 

More advanced features in citation management tools allow you to:

  • Link to source materials.
  • Store source materials.
  • Insert in-text citations and bibliography entries while writing in a word processor.
  • Collaborate with others.
  • Annotate within PDFs.

Choosing a Citation Manager PowerPoint


As of July 2016, RefWorks is no longer be available through the U of I Library. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact the Library's Citation Management Working Group at