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Citation Managers for Research Organization

Introduction and Some Basics

Why You Should Use a Citation Manager

A citation manager provides valuable assistance as you research and as you write.  This tool is for:

  • Collecting bibliographic information for the sources you read and use.
  • Organizing the PDFs and other documents that go along with the citations.
  • As you write, formatting in-text citations or footnotes, and bibliographies.
  • Changing to different citation styles.

Also, you may use the citation manager to:

  • Import citations and documents using the assistance of software features and without typing in the information.
  • Create subgroups within the larger group.
  • Share with others.
  • Annotate records with your notes.
  • Support systematic reviews.

A citation manager helps you get organized and stay organized, and saves time with formatting final papers.

Which Citation Manager?

Any citation manager is better than no citation manager.  Here we discuss the basics of the products most popular at UT.

Need Help with Citation Fundamentals & Plagiarism?

This guide is designed for researchers, grad students, and advanced undergraduates who may be working on a senior honors thesis or similar project. If you are in need of a primer on citation styles, plagiarism and a brief introduction to introductory citation management tools, a guide developed by the undergraduate teaching librarians may serve you better. 

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