There are many free citation/document management systems available. The library provides support in the use of some of these tools, but feel free to try any others on your own.
Have questions? Want to learn more? Book an appointment via firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide support for:
- Mendeley: [app at iTunes] [app for android]
- Zotero: [guide] [apps]
- EndNote Basic (free online version) of EndNote
Which one should I use? Which one is the best?
- All of the above provide the same basic functions such as
- ability to collect, save, organize your references and pdf documents
- ability to search your own collection and add notes
- ability to create bibliographies in different citation styles such as APA, MLA...
- ability to work with Word so you can write, include citations, and produce your final bibliography
- ability to share/collaborate
- However, each works a bit differently and each has other features the other tools may not have
- The "best" tool is the one that meets your own individual needs best, the one you find easiest to work with: no single tool is the best for everyone. This feature comparison chart prepared by Western University Libraries compares Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote and can be helpful in deciding which one might best serve your needs.
- You can also contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or would like a demonstration of any of the above.
- You can attend one of our general Citation Management workshops where we demonstrate a few of these tools and explain what is common across them all, and how they differ from each other.
A non-exhaustive list of other tools that may be used for quick bibliographies, managing references and/or managing documents.
- BibMe: free, but you have to set up an account
- Easy Bib: free version is only for MLA style. For APA, Chicago... you can get 3 day free trial, or pay for the full version.
- CiteULike: a bit more than quick citation, can only generate citation for 1 item at a time, can save, tag, and share but no word-processor plug-in
- More complete list of available tools
- Also, many of our databases have a built in quick citation ability, just look for citing links from search results page.