Citation Management Tools

About Citation Management Tools in Research

Citation management, also known as bibliographic management or reference management, is a very important part of the research process. It involves how to store references retrieved from databases, how to organize them, how to cite them when writing a paper, what style to use for citing, etc. Manually managing bibliographic data can be a daunting process requiring tedious manual work and meticulous attention to details. However, with more and more bibliographic management tools available, it's now easier to store, organize, retrieve, cite, and share references, and to manage PDFs, images, etc. You should take advantage of these tools to meet your research needs.

Citation Management Tools Supported by Rutgers University Libraries

The following tools are used by students, faculty, and staff of Rutgers:

EndNote is available in three platforms: EndNote desktop, which must be downloaded to a computer/laptop; EndNote basic (also called EndNote online or EndNote web); and EndNote for iPad. The University Libraries are licensed to provide access to EndNote for all Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. Below are some useful links for Rutgers users to download the program and learn how to use it effectively:

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool accessible to Rutgers faculty, students and staff. Rutgers users can create an account or simply connect here if you have already had an account. If you're off-campus, you must log in with your NetID to access Rutgers restricted resources linked from RefWorks.

If you're still using the old version of RefWorks, we encourage you to click on the upgrade link from your account to take advantages of the features available in the newest version. For more information, see Upgrading from Legacy RefWorks to the New RefWorks.

The New RefWorks allows you to save citations and full text documents and organize them into your own personal research library. Check the links below to get started with RefWorks:

Zotero is a free, open source citation management tool. It consists of a standalone application that can connect with Chrome, Firefox, or Safari for easy saving of citations and documents. There are also many third-party plugins available that provide additional features. Use the following links to download or learn how to use Zotero:


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Last updated: August 29, 2019