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Citation Management Tools: Overview

A quick guide to using citation management tools.

About Citation Managers

Citation managers are tools you can use to keep track of articles and books while you research. They allow users to annotate and tag articles and can be used to create bibliographies and reference lists quickly and easily. 

The three big ones this guide covers are: EndNoteMendeley, and Zotero. You'll also see a page on PubMed which will help walk you through saving citations directly from PubMed


We highly recommend trying out the free citation managers before committing to purchase one. Zotero and Mendeley are both free to use, and EndNote offers their EndNote Basic version for free. 

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Mendeley is a free reference manager and an academic social network. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. 

EndNote is a reference and full-text organizer that allows users to create bibliographies and format documents in a number of styles. 

Zotero is a free citation management software that stores and generates accurate citations and bibliographies. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. 

 

 

 

 

 

PubMed does have an option to create your own bibliographies within your My NCBI account, but more importantly, it has options to send citaitons to your preferred citation management tool.