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Introduction to Citation Managers

Citation management software, also known as bibliographic management software or citation managers, can help you manage and organize your citations and format bibliographies and footnotes in your papers.

Most citation management tools can help you to:

  • import citation information from databases and library catalogs
  • collect, organize, and annotate citations
  • store PDFs of articles
  • generate bibliographies and format footnotes or endnotes in a variety of styles

Purdue University Libraries currently supports EndNoteEndNote Basic, and Zotero. The latter two are web-based and available free to Purdue users. See this comparison chart to learn more about these free programs so you can decide which one can better meet your research needs.

Many different citation management tools are available - some are available for free while others are not. EndNote is a leading product in a group of desktop, fee-based, citation managers. Competing with the desktop products are web-based programs. Popular names in this second group are Refworks, EndNote Basic, Zotero, and many more. All citation managers carry out the same basic functions but specific features may vary from program to program.

An Intro to Why You Might Need A Citation Manager