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Citation Managers : Getting Started

What is a Citation Manager?

Citation Managers are applications or websites that store and organize source information. This means that a researcher using a citation manager can quickly find the sources they put into the manager and can easily create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles and even create accurate internal citations while writing research papers. 

Citation Managers can help you: 

  • Cite in all major citation styles, with some specialized or custom styles
  • Directly import from databases and the web
  • Build bibliographies with a single click 
  • Create in-text citations by using the "cite while you write" integrations
  • May allow PDF attaching and annotating 
  • Allow you to share libraries or folders of citations with other researchers

Which ones are supported by UST Libraries?

There are many different types of citation managers! Some are free and some are proprietary. You can use any citation manager that best suits your specific needs, or you can opt to use your own system of organization. Currently, any UST librarians can assist with basic Zotero installation/use and can help RefWorks users transfer their citations out of RefWorks and into Zotero. If you are looking for more involved assistance with RefWorks or Zotero, please contact your subject librarian for more information. 

  • Zotero: Easy to use, free, open-source program available for Firefox and Chrome. Works well with both websites and library databases. You can download a plugin that connects Zotero to word and allows accurate in text citations. The cloud version syncs to the desktop version. Additional file storage is available for purchase (300 MG for free) Quick Start Guide is available.