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Citation Tools

Help finding citation management tools and quick citation helpers. This guide links to many popular citation tools and to more detailed help on the major ones.

Choosing a Citation Tool

Citation tools help you

Citation Tool Logos

  • Format citations
  • Create bibliographies
  • Import citations from databases & websites
  • Make notes when you read articles
  • Store & organize PDFs, screenshots, & other files for your research

Which ones should I use?

Citation Helpers

  • Quick formatting and lookup
  • Best for only a few citations (<20 citations)

Citation Managers 

  • Best for more extensive citation management
  • 20+ references
  • Manage PDFs as well
  • Integrate into MS Word
  • Software like EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley

MSU Library Citation Guides

Citation Quick Links

Quick links to jump to the web site of each program: