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This guide will help you decide what citation manager is best for you! 

What is a citation manager? 

citation manager is a tool that helps you to collect, organize, and cite references. For this reason, the term reference manager may also be used to describe such tools. A citation manager also helps you easily create citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or other writing software. 

This guide will look at three different citation management software: 

  1. Zotero
  2. PowerNotes
  3. Mendeley

Most citation managers consist of three parts:

  1. A collection of your citations
  2. Browser plug-ins to more easily capture citation information from your sources
  3. A plug-in or other way to easily get your citations into your work, usually in a variety of citation styles

If you have questions about choosing a citation manager, schedule an appointment with a librarian. Also, feel free to contact us to when you have questions about best practices or if have trouble with these tools at

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