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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

What is a Citation Manager? (Video)

This is an introduction to citation managers, their general features, and how they can help with your research.