What is citation management software?

  • Citation management tools allow you to organize and retrieve information, such as citations for books, articles, and Web sites, by interfacing with library databases. 

  • The citation manager then works with word-processing software to insert properly formatted footnotes or citations into a paper and create a properly formatted bibliography.

  • Zotero and Mendeley can be downloaded here:


Three options for citation management

Zotero: Free, great for group work, see our Getting Started with Zotero guide

Endnote: Good for large batches of citations. Two Cornell colleges offer their communities free access to Endnote via site license. The citation management page of Cornell University Libraries provides information on accessing Endnote.

Mendeley: Free, Self-guided instruction in the form of tutorials, FAQs, & videos are available through Mendeley help guides


Need help with citation management? 

Use this form to submit questions or to make an appointment with a librarian about citation management tools. 

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