A citation or reference manager helps you "capture" records of articles, books, and other publications as you are researching, organize them as needed for your future use, and from these records create in-text citations and bibliographies in your preferred citation style. These managers allow storage of pdfs and integrate with word processing programs. Most allow capture of web links. Each manager has options for group-based collaborative research.
We recommend that you explore a variety of citation managers, consulting with library staff as needed, before choosing one. We can provide guidance on best practices and share our experiences.
There are many factors involved in choosing a citation manager. Here are some considerations:
This Wikipedia article offers useful charts covering a large number of managers, comparing operating system support, export and import file formats, citation styles, reference list file formats, and word processor integration: Comparison of reference management software
Here are a couple of other less-complex manager comparison charts, covering fewer managers:
Fogler regularly offers workshops on citation managers. Watch the Library's Events Page for notice of these (and other) workshops.
As well, we offer one-on-one appointments to help you get started with a citation manager.
Please contact Mel Johnson for more information or to set up an appointment.
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