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Citation Management Software: Home

What is Citation Management?

Citation management software allows the user to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to:

  • import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources
  • save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself
  • format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles
  • include your own notes

Benefits of Using Citation Management Software

Citation Software Comparison Chart

What's the Best Software?

When reviewing citation software, consider the following:

Workflow
  • How do you gather references?
  • Do you have a bunch of PDFs on your computer that need organizing?
  • Do you need to sync references and PDFs across different devices?
Discipline
  • What types of materials will you be working with?
  • What databases will you be using?
  • Do you work in languages other than English?
Technical support
  • How much patience and skill do you have for troubleshooting technical issues?
Budget
  • How much money are you willing/able to spend?
Ease of sharing
  • Are you working with collaborators?
  • Do you want your research to lead you to other researchers with similar interests?
Timeframe
  • Is this tool something you picture yourself using beyond your time at UCN?