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Citation Management: Zotero and Mendeley

Learn how to organize all of your research citations with Zotero and Mendeley!

Choosing a citation tool

Citation tools can help you" "

  • Format citations
  • Create bibliographies
  • Import citations from databases and websites
  • Make notes when you read articles
  • Store and organize PDFs, screenshots, and other files

What should I use?

Citation Helpers

  • Quick formatting and lookup
  • Best for only a few citations (<20)

Citation Managers

  • Best for more extensive citation management
  • 20+ references
  • Manage PDFs
  • Integrate into MS Word
  • Software like Zotero and Mendeley are free!

Mendeley and Zotero

MendeleyMendeley logo

  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • Can store up to 2GB of article PDFs
  • Emphasizes sharing: Social networking meets citation management
  • Share citations, notes, and annotations
  • On the Web and desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad)
  • Web browser import button

Zotero Zotero logo

  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • 300MB of storage (more for a fee)
  • Firefox plugin or desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Web browser import button