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Library Toolkit for Professional Support Staff: Reference Managers


Reference managers are tools that provide a platform to collect, store, and organize citations. Many of these products have plugins which work with a word processor so that the reference manager can be linked with the word processor and citations can be inserted into the word document and instantly formatted to a specified style.

Reference Managers can be used to collect citations for author publications. They can also be used to collect citations for publications to be cited in a manuscript. Most of the reference managers provide the option to create folders for organization.

The University of Arizona provides access to three products:

  • EndNote (Desktop and Web based version)
  • RefWorks (Web based product)
  • Mendeley (Desktop and Web based version)

The library has a page that links to these resources including the library guides for them:

The library provides training and support on the use of these products. If you would like to schedule a one-on-one session or schedule a class training session, please contact AHSL.

*Please note,  the desktop version of EndNote must be purchased. A discounted license may be purchased through the University of Arizona bookstore.