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In the "old days" graduate students and researchers used index cards or notebooks to keep track of citations. Now there are many web-based programs that can help you store, organize and add your citations to research papers.
What you can do with a citation management program:
There are a number of free and licensed citation management programs with similar functionality and features.
Review the following comparison guides to select the citation management tool that matches your needs.
Free accounts of RefWorks are available for UA faculty, students and staff. Any current or past student can continue to use RefWorks after graduation for as long as the UA subscribes to the service.
Go to RefWorks
Need more help? You can also learn how to use RefWorks by exploring the RefWorks YouTube Channel.
There are two versions of EndNote:
EndNote X7– Requires a subscription license, but syncs with EndNote Online, and the EndNote iPad app.
Compare EndNote DeskTop and Endnote Basic. (Thomson Reuters)
Get Started - Choose Mac or Windows version
Create an account: EndNote Basic is free for UA faculty, students and staff.
Zotero is a free and easy-to-use Firefox extension program that can help you collect, manage, cite, and share research sources.
Download as a web extension or as a stand-alone program to connect to Chrome and Safari browsers.
Zotero Quick Start Guide
Brief instructions on installation, importing citations and creating bibliographies.
Use Zotero on any Computer
With Mendeley, in addition to organizing your citations, you can upload PDFs and make annotations.
You can also use the Mendeley Suggest feature in the desktop version for locating related articles.
Free for UA faculty, students and staff.
Mendeley Desktop: Install this first. This is where you import citations and documents, manage files and create bibliographies.
Mendeley Web and Mobile: Useful for connecting to your Mendeley account to read and annotate documents on the go.
Choose one of the following Quick Help Guides:
Useful for connecting to your Mendeley account to read and annotate documents on the go.