Writing a citation from scratch can seem like an overwhelming task. Citation generators are tools that help create a citation. Citation managers keep research sources organized, and are also capable of generating citations. You will learn more about each on this page.
Citation managers, or reference managers, are tools that help collect, store, organize and cite sources all in one place. They collect reference information while you search online, using plugins that work with web browsers. References are stored, either on a computer or in the cloud. You can use word processor add-ins to automatically insert citations and references as you write.
The three citation managers have a lot in common. Mendeley and Zotero offer a suite of similar features, whereas EndNote Basic is the least complex of the three. The manager you choose to work will be based on your own preference. Learn more about each, by interacting with the tabs below.
Zotero - Opens in a new window is a free research manager that helps collect and organize information sources. It extracts and saves bibliographic information from web based sources, generating citations as needed. Accessible from variety of personal devices.
Watch the video below for a comprehensive overview of Zotero. This video falls outside the Creative Commons license of The Learning Portal.
Watch the video below for a comprehensive overview of Mendeley. This video falls outside the Creative Commons license of The Learning Portal.
EndNote Basic is sometimes confused with EndNote Online, which is the full version of the reference manager, available with subscription.
Citation generators are online tools that automatically create references with the click of a button.
Search for citation generators and choose from many available tools.
Most library resources including your library's online databases and search tools have citation buttons built in.
Look for a button with quotation marks labeled Cite in online library resources. Click to automatically create citations for sources from the library.
Look for a button with a word bubble labeled Citation Tools in online library resources. Click to automatically create citations for sources from the library.
Most word processors have built-in tools that help you create citations and references while you write.