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