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Tips on choosing and using citation management software.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2014 URL: http://guides.ucsf.edu/citemgmt Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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What is citation management software?

Citation management software (also known as reference or bibliography management software) is a tool that allows you to:

  • collect and keep track of journal articles, books and other resources
  • store references on your computer or in a web-based account
  • cite references and create bibliographies in word processing software
  • link to full text

Some have additional features that let you:

  • share your references
  • automatically download PDFs
  • annotate PDFs
  • collaborate
  • use it for professional social networking

Which one is right for you?

Below are some of the common questions you should consider before choosing:

  • is it free or do you need to pay a fee?
  • do you plan to use it to just produce a biblography for the occasional paper or do you intend making it a central tool for managing your information?
  • are you prepared to spend some time learning how to use it effectively?
  • does it support the journal styles that you will need?
  • are help and support readily available?
  • does it allow you to easily share references with others?
  • do you want to store PDFs?
  • do you want to use it on a mobile device?

Table showing comparison of main features of popular citation management software

Detailed comparison table on WikIpedia


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