Use Citation Management Systems

Citation management systems allow you to download citations from various websites and databases (sometimes with the full-text article), electronically store and organize the citations as well as insert citations and a bibliography into your paper in the format of your choice as you write your paper. If you need to manage a large number of citations or are going to need to write a lot of papers that require you to cite sources, a citation management system may make citing sources in your paper a whole lot easier.

There are several citation management tools available

Zotero and Mendeley are free to use. If you work collaboratively on some projects, your citations can also be shared with groups .

For more information about citation managers, look at citation generators.

 This video will help you determine which citation management tool, Zotero or Mendeley, is right for you. Visit the manage citations guide for more info.