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Citation Management Tools: A Guide

Research Guide to support the Citation Management Tools Workshop.

Subject Guide

Jennifer Corbin
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, CLUE Offices, 1st floor

Which tool is best for you?

EasyBib, Zotero, RefWorks, EndNote, and Mendeley can help you to store the citations you find during your research.
They all make it easy to format a works cited list. Which is best for you? It depends on what you need in a citation tool.

If you need to...   Use Because
Cite a few sources in APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian  EasyBib You don't have to set up an account or import records to create citations.
Easily import citations from websites Zotero or EasyBib Zotero allows you to capture and annotate website information; with EasyBib, paste in a web address and fill out the form to create a citation.
Share citations with a group   Zotero, EasyBib, Mendeley, RefWorks, Endnote Web Each has a mechanism for sharing with a group. 







Consider the following.  

EasyBib Zotero RefWorks Mendeley  EndNote Web EndNote desktop
Cost Free to Tulane students, faculty, staff Free   Free to Tulane students, faculty, staff Free  Free to Tulane students, faculty, staff  
Web-based yes yes yes yes yes no
Use on multiple computers yes   yes (must sync first) yes yes yes no
Import from databases yes yes yes (direct export from some databases) yes yes (direct export from some databases) yes
Import from websites copy URL and fill out form yes yes, with Ref-Grab-it yes yes,with bookmark tool no
Link to PDFs no yes yes yes yes YES
Citation styles available MLA, APA, Chicago / Turabian 18 to start with; install 2000 more over 2000 2728 thousands ~5300













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University of Washington Libraries. "Choosing a Citation Manager: RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero." Citations and Writing. University of Washington Libraries, 31 Aug. 2012. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <>. 
UW-Madison Libraries. "Citation Managers Comparison." Citation Managers Comparison. UW-Madison Libraries, 30 July 2012. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <>.