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OLD Research Assistance: Organize Content

Citation Managers Information

Citation management tools are applications that collect article records from research databases (Compendex, Web of Science, etc.). They are extremely useful for organizing your research, sharing article libraries with others, and assists in creating bibliographies.

Why should I use a citation management tool?

_Keep your articles organized
_Share article libraries with others
_Insert citations while you write and easily create bibliographies

Product Best Used For User Cost
Endnote x9 Recommended for projects of any size. Especially good for large research projects that require ingesting thousands of citations at once. $202.83
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Zotero Best free option. Especially good for managing a variety of formats including webpages. Free
Mendeley Good for storing PDFs with article records and annotating (highlight, comments) in the PDF. Limited features.

$55-$165/year + Free version

Endnote Basic Good for saving articles. Limited file formats and file storage.


All of the products listed have private group sharing. It is important that teams choose one product because they are not interoperable. However, libraries can easily be converted and exported into other products if you have to switch. Contact us at the Library if you need assistance.

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