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How do I?: Organize Citations

Organizing Citations

Citation managers can help you efficiently manage your research and format papers (creating bibliographies, citations and footnotes) in a variety of styles.

Directly import citations from the library catalog, research databases or the web, then organize those citations to create your own personal library database and easily export citations to create bibliographies, citations and footnotes in a variety of styles.

Citation Management

Group code: RWUNCAsheville
Usage Guide




Which Citation Manager is Right for You?

Ideally, a citation manager will carry your through your college career or research. Which is best for you? It depends on what you need.

If you need to...   Use Because
Quickly cite a few sources in APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian  Copy Citation option in Worldcat or article databases You don't have to set up an account or import records to create citations.
Easily import citations from websites Zotero or Refworks Zotero is great at capturing citations from a variety of websites. Refworks can also handle this pretty well.
Share citations with a group   RefWorks or Zotero Both make it easy to share with a group. 






Consider the following.  

RefWorks EndNote Web Zotero Mendeley 
Strengths Sharing, Organizing, access to alumni Customization, Number of citation styles Ease, Handling of web formats PDF handling
Cost Free to UNC Asheville students, faculty, staff Free to UNC Asheville students, faculty, staff Free   Free basic version
Saves to  
web web computer(s) computer(s)/web
Use on multiple computers yes yes yes (must sync first) yes (must sync first)
Alumni Access  
yes  no (export citations) free to all free to all
Direct import from databases yes (except ISI) some yes yes (with plugin)
Import from websites yes, with Ref-Grab-it yes, with bookmark yes yes
Link to PDFs yes yes yes yes
Citation styles available over 2000 over 3000 18 to start with; install more created by users over 2000
Attach files to references
yes no yes yes
Link to full text at UNCA yes yes yes (customize) no
Free storage 5GB no 100MB 1GB
Group sharing yes yes yes free for 3 people
Public folders yes (RefShare) no yes yes
Word processing software compatibility MS Word plugin; RTF; manual citation insertion MS Word plugin; RTF; manual citation insertion Fewer features; more options (MS Word plugin, Open Office, Google Docs). Drag and drop citations. MS Word plugin, Open Office
Offline access
no no yes yes
Highlight and annotate PDFs no no no yes