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Citation Management

An overview and comparison of different citation managers, including RefWorks, Zotero, EasyBib, and BibMe.

What is a citation manager and why should I use one?

Citation Management


What is a citation manager?

A citation manager is a tool or program that helps you collect, organize, and create citations for your research in whatever format you prefer.  Unlike a copy/paste citation tool, a manager builds and saves a library of citations that you can organize for each course or assignment.

See our comparison of citation managers to help you decide which one to use for your needs.

The University licenses RefWorks, and makes it available to everyone in the UT community. Learn more about it here.

Why would I want to use one?

If you are doing an extensive research project and want to keep track of your citations, it is a good idea to use a citation manager because all your citations are in once place where you can:  

  • organize citations by topic or paper
  • import citations from library databases or websites
  • create a properly formatted bibliography or references page from a number of citation formats (e.g. MLA, APA)
  • link to word processing programs to easily reference citations and insert footnotes or endnotes
  • add notes for citations you have used or plan to use

Quick Links

Popular citation management tools available for free:

For help deciding which one to use, see our comparison.

Citation Guides

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