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Citation Tools: Citation Managers

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.

Citation & PDF Management Programs

These are the most commonly used citation and PDF managers. The main headers link to more a detailed guide on each system.

EndNote Desktop

EndNote

  • Free for MSU students, faculty, & staff. See Installation guide.
  • For Windows or Mac
  • Organizes citations, take notes, and format references in Word.
  • Store article PDFs and Figures
  • Automatic PDF import and full text retrieval
  • Integrates well with Web of Science
  • Includes EndNote Web access for sharing
  • Frequently used by MSU researchers

 

EndNote BasicEndNote Basic

  • Free for all users
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word. 
  • Can store up to 2GB of article PDFs
  • Integrates well with Web of Science
  • Web accessible
  • Share groups
  • Login (proxied for access to MSU resources)

 

MendelMendeleyey

  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • Can store up to 2GB of article PDFs (5GB w/ MSU Institutional account)
  • Emphasizes sharing: Social networking meets citation management
  • Share citations, notes, and annotations
  • On the Web and desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad)
  • Web browser import button

ZoteroZotero

  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • 300MB of storage (more for a fee)
  • Firefox plugin or desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Web browser import button

Help! Which One Should I Use?

Use the one that works best for you! (None are perfect and all take awhile to learn.) Here are some suggestions:

  • Extensive citations to track or planning many articles? EndNote Desktop
  • Want an online-only tool? EndNote Basic
  • Love the idea of social networking with citations? Mendeley
  • Firefox user and want quick import of web pages? Zotero

Good luck!

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