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Citation and Writing Guides: Citation Management

Various citation style guides: APA, APSA, ASA, Chicago, CSE, Harvard Style, MLA, Turabian. Citation management tools: RefWorks, EasyBib, Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote Web.

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, RefWorks, Endnote Web Each has a mechanism for sharing with a group. 







Consider the following

  EasyBib Zotero RefWorks Mendeley 


EndNote desktop

Free to Tulane students, faculty, staff

Free   Free to Tulane students, faculty, staff Free  Free to Tulane students, faculty, staff   $249.95
Web-based yes yes yes yes yes no
Use on multiple computers yes   yes (must sync first) yes yes yes no
Import from databases no 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 no
Link to PDFs no yes yes, enter manually or use TU Link yes yes, via TU Link no
Citation styles available MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian,
Chicago Author - Date, ACS, Harvard.
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Wikimedia Foundation. Comparison of Reference Management Software

University of Washington Libraries. Citation Styles & Tools.

UW-Madison Libraries. Citation Managers Comparison Chart.