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Citation Management Tools

A guide to citation and bibliography management tools that help you collect, store, and organize your research.


A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies, even from within your preferred word processor.

Zotero 5.0 offers a single stand-alone application for all users. You can add a connector/extension to use within your preferred browser.
Word processor plugins are already bundled with Zotero 5.0 and should be installed automatically for each installed word processor when you first start Zotero.

A note about using Zotero with Library Search (Tulane)

Library Search, Tulane's library catalog, often does not interact well with the in-browser Zotero Connector. If you see that an item was imported into your Zotero collection with errors from Library Search, consider the following options.

Use the Built-In features present in Library Search to export items to Zotero
For a given item in Library Search, 1) click on "Details, ” 2) Click “Save & Cite, ” and 3) select “Export RIS”. You’ll then be prompted to save in Zotero. Review the record for any issues.

Other Sources and Approaches

  • Use Zotero Connector with Classic Catalog or the New Library Search (currently in Beta trials). works well too.
  • Within Zotero, use the "Magic Wand” tool to add item(s) by identifiers such as ISBN, DOI, PMID or ArXiv ID.

As a general practice, always review your imported data for errors and correct it manually as needed or consider an alternate source.


Your bibliography is stored in your browser’s local storage by default. You can close the page and return to it later, and your bibliography will still be there — no need to worry about saving your data or logging in.

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