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Citation managers, also called reference managers, are applications you can use to create personalized collections of citations from your research sources. You can import citations from research databases and websites, or enter them manually, and organize and edit the citations for your research projects.
Citation managers also help you cite your research by creating bibliographies, citations, and footnotes in your preferred citation style automatically. However, you should always check the accuracy of your citations using a style manual before submitting assignments or research.
How do I choose a citation manager?
There are many options out there, and several factors to consider:
Cowles Library recommends one of the citation managers below. You can compare specific features using our comparison chart.