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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?

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

  RefWorks EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Web Based Yes No* No* No*
Cost Free** Free** Free*** Free
Adding References        
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
Create bibliographies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sharing references Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sharing PDFs No Yes****
(up to 17 group members)
(up to 3 group members)
(unlimited group
Group ability to add references to shared folder No Yes Yes Yes
Publicly share Profile/citations No Yes Yes Yes
Storage 5GB 5GB 2GB (free)

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).