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_KINS5508: Exercise Prescription for Individuals with Chronic Diseases and Health Conditions — Save & Organize Your References

Library research guide for students in KINS 5508.

What Will You Learn on This Page?

Once you've engaged with all the content on this page, you should:

What is a Citation Manager and Why Should I Use One?

Citation managers are excellent tools for tracking, organizing, annotating, and citing your sources. They will save you time and frustration, and ensure that you never lose track of something you wanted to read or cite. For a project like a systematic review, where you'll be looking through large numbers of citations, a citation manager is essential.

Which one you choose is a matter of personal preference. UConn pays to offer you access to RefWorks, a very popular and robust citation manager. Zotero, which is free and open source, is another popular choice. This isn't a lifetime commitment, as you can move your citation library from one manager to another, but it's more efficient to pick one and stick with it for the long haul.


RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that doesn't require you to install any software on your computer. It uses browser extensions to add citations to your library. RefWorks is very popular, and used by many people at UConn.


Zotero is a free, open source citation manager. It's a program that lives on your computer (if you use multiple computers, you can install it on all of them and it will sync automatically) and it uses browser extensions to add citations to your Zotero library. 

This is the citation manager I use in my own research, but keep in mind that any citation manager that you like using is fine!

Other Citation Managers

There are other options out there, like Mendeley and EndNote. If you're already using one of those, you can absolutely keep using it! Just pick something that works for you.

What's Next?

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