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EXDL 806: Research Methods II

Citation Manager

What is a citation manager?

A citation manager, also referred to as a reference manager or bibliographic manager, is software that allows researchers to save, store, and manage bibliographic citations, and then generate bibliographies in most of the major citation styles.


What citation management software does the Library recommend?

The library recommends using Zotero. Please see our Zotero guide for more information.

For information on other citation management software, please see our page on Citation Management Software.


Why should I use a citation manager?

Citation managers have a lot of uses/benefits, including:

  • Streamline the process of creating accurate citations and references
  • Locate all your research in one convenient location
  • Easily export citations from many of the library databases
  • Upload and store full-text PDFs and other file types for your sources
  • Create reference lists in a 'click'
  • Install plug-ins for word processors that allow you to insert citations from the reference manager as you write
  • Share collections with colleagues to collaborate in private or open groups
  • Facilitate the removal of duplicate citations


How do citation managers work?

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