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Citation Style Guide: Citation Management and Formatting Tools

This guide provides citation and bibliography assistance. Includes APA, MLA, and Chicago style examples.

Citation Management Tools Enable You To...

Import citations from databases, websites, catalogs
Organize citations using folders and tags
Attach PDFs, images, etc. to your citations
Annotate your citations and/or PDFs
Output auto-formatted bibliographies and in-text citations (APA, MLA, & hundreds more styles)

How do I choose the right tool?

It depends on your personal needs and preferences. This comparison chart can help.

Library Classes

Bobst Library offers (one-shot) classes that cover citation management, data use and management, high performance computing, and general research skills.

Just need to format a few references?

How Do I Choose? class handout

Citation Management Tools

For help choosing: See comparison chart
For help using: See schedule of RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero classes (coded in pink)


Features and Functionality of Citation Management Tools

EndNote:

  • Access: Software download;* free**
  • Adding References: Import citation information from online databases, library catalogs, and web pages (if using web component)
  • Output: Create in-text citations and bibliographies
  • Collaboration: Share references with others; share PDFs (up to 17 group members);**** publicly share profile and citations
  • Storage: 5GB

RefWorks:

  • Access: Web-based; free**
  • Adding References: Import citation information from online databases, library catalogs, and web pages
  • Output: Create in-text citations and bibliographies
  • Collaboration: Share references with others
  • Storage: 5GB

Zotero:

  • Access: Software download;* free
  • Adding References: Import citation information from online databases, library catalogs, and web pages
  • Output: Create in-text citations and bibliographies
  • Collaboration: Share references with others; share PDFs (unlimited group members);**** publicly share profile and citations
  • Storage: 300 MB cloud based and unlimited on desktop***

 

*While these tools are not Web based, meaning you need to download a desktop application, they do have a web component (which can be used without being on the desktop download and which can be synced with the desktop).

**NYU Libraries licenses the use of RefWorks and EndNote for NYU students and faculty.

***Can pay for a more robust subscription, but the basic package is free.

****PDFs may be shared in private groups (size of group depends on tool, as does the amount of free storage available for PDFs).