Information Literacy Toolkit
Citations give credit to the the author as well as enable other researchers (or your instructor) to locate the cited item.
All sources should be cited in a bibliography or reference list and in the text or footnotes of a research paper.
In addition to this guide, Binghamton University Libraries has several interactive tutorials on the Online Tutorials page under the Citations and Academic Integrity section.
What is a citation manager?
Citation managers (sometimes called reference managers) are tools that allow you to:
- Import citations from databases and Find It! as you research
- Save and organize citations
- Attach pdfs of articles and chapters, when available
- Create bibliographies in a variety of formats
- Insert footnotes and parenthetical citations as you write
- Collaborate with others using shared folders
Which tool is right for me?
There are many factors involved in choosing a citation manager. Here are some questions to consider:
- What are your colleagues, peers, labmates, advisors using?
- Is there a preferred or dominant citation manager in your field of study?
- Are you always working where there is reliable Internet access, or do you need a manager that you can sometimes access off-line?
Binghamton University Libraries provide support for the following citation managers:
- Zotero is a free, open-source citation manager that can be used online or through the desktop program. Zotero has a robust user community and tends to be more popular in the humanities and social sciences.
- Mendeley is a free, web-based citation manager that can be used online or through the desktop program. Mendeley tends to be more popular in the sciences.
- EndNote Basic is a free, simplified version of EndNote that is only available online.
For a more detailed comparison of these tools, see the table below.
Citation Management Tools
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