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Citation Tools

 

Citation tools (also called bibliographic management tools or citation managers) such as RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero, etc., help you organize, manage, share, and format citations for your research.*

The library provides access to EndNote and RefWorks for all currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. Other products such as Mendeley and Zotero are freely available on the web.

How do I pick a citation tool?

  • These tools provide the same basic features: saving citations, organizing them into folders, and generating in-text citations and bibliographies as you write.
  • To decide which tool best suits your needs, review the chart below and talk with colleagues in your department, or classmates, about the tools they use and why. Once you choose a tool, know that you can always change your mind. Citations can easily be transferred between tools, but please note that attachments don't always transfer.

 

Table with features and comparisons between four different citation managers.
 
RefWorks
EndNote X9
Zotero
Mendeley
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Browser extension to import sources
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Direct export from library catalog
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Microsoft Word compatible
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Google Docs compatible
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PDF annotation within program
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Collaboration features Can work with users in and out of  TAMIU network, as well as non-RefWorks users. Can set level of collaborator access: read level, annotate level, modify level. Share with up to 100 EndNote users. Unlimited groups and members. Share and collaborate with other Mendeley users. Only private groups can access full-text papers. 
Pricing

Free for TAMIU researchers.

Free for TAMIU researchers.

Free and open-source.

Free


*Disclaimer: Using a citation tool does not guarantee the accuracy of your citations. Always consult your citation manual to verify citation formats and styles.

You can also

  • get citation help from the TAMIU Writing Center by calling 956-326-2884 or email writingcenter@tamiu.edu 
  • get citation help from the Reference Desk by calling 956-326-2138, by chat, or email.