What is a citation manager?
Citation management software acts as a repository where you can create and store references (citations) exported from electronic databases, library catalog, websites, or created by you. You can then use the software to create bibliographies or works cited lists formatted in MLA, APA, Chicago, or many other styles. You can add abstracts, subjects, and notes to the imported references.
What can I do with a citation manager?
Create bibliographies and references automatically
Check for and remove duplicate citations
Add your own annotations, subjects, and descriptions to your citations
Re-use your research over time
Embed footnotes, end notes, and in-text citations in a document
What can't it do?
Correct errors present in the original database records
Create a perfect bibliography or Works Cited list, you must still check them for accuracy
Create legal citation formats
Can not import citations from a text file, Word File, or sheet of paper automatically
|Cloud Based||Computer (client) based|
|Unlimited citation capacity||300 Mb free, modest cost for more storage|
|Formats bibliographies and citations with add-on program||Formats bibliographies and citations|
|Excellent customer support||Open Source|
|Extensive citation styles||Extensive add-on research tools|
|Compatible with Word and Google Docs||Compatible with Word and Office Libre|
|Compatible with most web browsers||Compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari|
|Compatible with all operating systems||Compatible with Windows, Mac, and LInux|
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