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Library 101 Citation Management Tools

What are citation management tools?

Citation management software or tools help authors save and organize bibliographic citations or references. Good citation management can make the process of writing a research paper a little easier. However, learning to use a citation management tool takes time. 

About the Citation Management Tools session

In this Library 101 session you will learn how to save and organize your citations, import references from various sources, and create bibliographies in many citation styles.

This session will focus on UT Libraries’ RefWorks, citation management tool and introduce another free tool: EndNote Web. If there is time or particular interest in other tools, we can briefly cover Mendeley and mention Zotero.


At the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Export records into RefWorks.

  2. Create a basic bibliography in RefWorks.

  3. Get started with EndNote Basic.

  4. Evaluate other citation management systems.

Comparison Charts

Here are comparison charts which may help you decide which citation management options work best for you:

Comparison table - Citation management.  Gerstein Library, UT

Comparison of reference management software.  Wikipedia

Citation Management on the Library Website

Once you decide which citation management tools you want to use, you can always navigate back to them via the Citation Management  page which is under Research on our main navigation bar: