Citation managers such as EndNote Basic (aka EndNote Online), EndNote 20, Zotero, and Mendeley are tools for managing your citations. Among other things, citation managers can help you to:
This guide includes pages with information on how to install and use EndNote Basic, EndNote 20, Zotero, and Mendeley.
The "best" citation manager will depend on the functions you're looking for in a citation manager.
Each citation manager shares some of the same, basic functions, including, among other things, the ability to:
However, there are functions that only some citation managers have. The UW Libraries' Comparison Chart provides a comprehensive comparison of the available functions in EndNote Basic, EndNote 20, Zotero, and Mendeley.
Important Note: If you are co-writing a paper as a team (i.e., more than one person will be adding citations to a single document), it is preferable that all team members use the same citation manager for the project.