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Citation Management

Locate tools to manage citations and format papers.

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Daniela Solomon
Kelvin Smith Library Room 201-L
Phone: 216-368-8790

Research Services Librarian

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What are citation managers?

Citation management tools allow you to collect and organize information resources in one place. They also simplify the process of citing references in articles or research papers, as well as creating bibliographies in a wide range of citation styles.

Please contact us if you have any questions about citation management tools.

Why Use a Citation Management Tool?

Citation Management Tool Comparison Chart

  Mendeley EndNote Desktop Zotero
Cost Free, with additional storage space or private group sharing purchase available

Requires purchase


UTech Software Center offers a discount of $99 for faculty & staff.

Free, with additional storage space purchase available
Access Desktop software; web-based application Desktop software, syncing enabled through EndNote Web (online) Desktop software; web-browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari
Platform Windows, Mac, Linux Windows, Mac Windows, Mac, Linux
Mobile App iOS, Android iOS iOS, Android
File Storage Availability Up to 2 GB online storage free; additional space available for purchase Unlimited Up to 300 MB online storage free; additional space available for purchase
Sharing Capability Share specific references through public or private groups Share your entire library with up to 100 other users Share references through public or private group libraries
Word Plug-In Yes Yes Yes
Offline Access Yes Yes Yes
Duplicate Detection Yes Yes Yes
PDF Annotation Capability Yes Yes No, but will sync PDFs annotated with 3rd party software


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