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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 collects and organizes your citations and helps place citations in your paper automatically.
Mendeley or Zotero are free tools and the library provides RefWorks for all students.


What is a citation tool?

A citation tool creates one citation at a time. Use the free tools from a database or other tools to copy/paste citations.


Why use a Citation Manager?

A citation manager is great for managing a research project with many citations:

  • 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

Citation Guides Online

These websites can help you format your paper and citations properly. The list below are style guides available online (mostly through Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)).

Check your assignment instructions or ask your professor which style to use.

Citation Style Manuals

Online Style Manuals

These style manuals are available through the library's database collection.

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