Choosing Citation Management Software
Zotero Citation Management Software
Zotero is a popular free open source citation management tool that makes saving and citing online resources, including websites, YouTube videos, news articles, and scholarly database results, a breeze. Some of Zotero's strengths include its ability to capture a multitude of resource types with the click of a button, and its group library function, with no limit on group membership. For more about Zotero, see Getting Started with Zotero Guide.
Mendeley Citation Management Software
Mendeley is online software for use in citation management.
Important features and things you need to know about Mendeley:
- Mendeley is one of the primary citation manager for students in science and engineering fields
- The basic version is free, premium add-ons are available that will give you more online storage space or which can enable you to collaborate and share your references with large numbers of other people.
- There is a desktop client and a mobile app, both of them online-enabled - Once you've created a new account, you will probably want to download the desktop client to your personal computer. This will enable you to begin adding references and creating bibliographies in no time. You also can add Mendeley's app to your smartphone and/or tablet (the iOS version is here and Scholarley is Mendeley's unofficial Android app). All instances of Mendeley--client or app--keyed to a single user will share data, enabling you to access your citations anywhere.
- It supports group work - You can share your citations and lists with up to 3 other users (sharing with more requires purchasing a premium add-on).
- Uploading is easy! - You can simply drag and drop a PDF of an article to Mendeley and it will automatically extract much of the necessary citation information from the text (we'd recommend that you review it to make sure it's correct though - author name, article name, etc.).
- Mendeley will format your citations for you in a variety of styles
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) provide Endnote software to faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students affiliated with those colleges. For more information, see the following links:
To locate installation instructions you will need to use the software link on the Computer Services Group page.