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These free tools help you store and organize lots of references, and format bibliographies and papers in specific citation styles. Other tools, such as RefWorks and Endnote, have more functionality but cost money.
Zotero is a free citation management tool developed at George Mason University. Itt saves citations locally on your computer, and makes your citations available from any computer by syncing. Zotero works with Mac, PC, and Linux systems.
Firefox browser add-on or standalone
Easy to learn
Highlight text and take notes
MS Word plug-in
The video below, produced by UNC Park Libraries and licensed under CC BY 2.0, provides instructions on how to use Zotero.
Mendeley is a free web and desktop reference management application maintained by Elsevier. It saves citations locally on your computer, and makes your citations available from any computer by syncing. Mendeley works with Mac, PC, Linux, and Ubuntu systems.
Must be installed on computer
Easy to learn
Manage PDFs / Extract citation info from PDFs
See what others are reading and citing
The video below, produced by the for-profit company, GradCoach, and used with permission, provides instructions on how to use Mendeley.