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.
Bobst Library offers (one-shot) classes that cover citation management, data use and management, high performance computing, and general research skills.
|Import from online databases||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Import citation information from web page||Yes||Yes (Web Component)||Yes||Yes|
|Create in-text citations||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
(up to 17 group members)
(up to 3 group members)
|Group ability to add references to shared folder||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Publicly share Profile/citations||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Yes, 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).