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Citation Guides and Management Tools Guide — Citation Management Tools

A guide to some commonly used citation styles.

Managing Citations & Digital Files

Having an effective strategy to manage your research is essential. You can use a citation management tool to organize citations to sources, collect digital files such as full text PDFs, and cite sources automatically when writing papers.

The library provides support for two citation managers: RefWorks, a subscription tool paid for by the university, and Zotero, a free open source tool. Which one you use is a matter of personal preference. You can export your library from one citation management tool to another.

Not sure which citation manager to use? Check out the comparison chart below.

Please note: Legacy RefWorks is being retired by the vendor in 2023. If you are a Legacy RefWorks user, you will need to upgrade to RefWorks, or migrate your Legacy RefWorks library to another citation management tool, by the end of spring semester 2023.

Want to learn more about these two options? These documents provide more detail about the pluses and minuses of each.

Help with Citation Management

Questions about managing your citations?

Hilary KrausContact Hilary Kraus, the library's citation management specialist.


Book a research consultation (great for individuals or small groups):



What About Legacy RefWorks?

Legacy RefWorks is the original RefWorks product. It is no longer in development, so new features are not being added, and it has become increasingly less stable in its integration with Microsoft Word. Unless you have a current Legacy RefWorks account, or your research team or lab currently uses Legacy RefWorks, we recommend you create one in the current RefWorks interface instead. If you do need to create a Legacy RefWorks account, please visit the link below.

Upcoming Citation Management Workshops