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What are citation managers?

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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:

  • Collect and organize your citations
  • Format bibliographies and in-text citations for your papers
  • Share your citations with others

This guide includes pages with information on how to install and use EndNote Basic, EndNote 21, EndNote 20, Zotero, and Mendeley.

How do I choose a citation manager?

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:

  • Import references
  • Create bibliographies
  • Attach PDFs to citations
  • Share citations
  • Install and use Word plugins

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.

Exclamation mark image 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.

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