Citation Managers

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Overview of Citation Managers

What are they?

Citation Managers are software applications that will help researchers …

  • Gather references automatically from article databases
  • Format  manuscripts and citations instantly in a variety of styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.)
  • Generate bibliographies
  • Create and organize a personal research database of references, images and PDFs
  • Share citations with colleagues on campus and around the world
  • Transfer references among various applications

Citation Managers at UW-Madison

EndNote Desktop is a desktop citation manager that must be purchased individually from DoIT or the UBS Digital Outpost. EndNote Basic is a Web-based citation manager free to UW-Madison staff and students that can be used as a standalone citation manager or in conjunction with EndNote Desktop. It is made available through the UW-Madison Libraries' subscription to Web of Knowledge. Both Mendeley and Zotero are free citation manager and social networking tools, with desktop and Web components, available to all.

For a list of citation managers supported by staff of the UW-Madison Libraries, please see our comparison chart. Library staff are happy to assist you in determining the best citation manager for your information needs. Please contact your liaison librarian or a member of the Citation Managers Working Group.

For a more comprehensive list of citation managers, please consult Wikipedia.

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