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Communication Deviations and Disorders CSD2197

What is a Citation Manager?

A citation manager is a program used to store, organize, share, and output citations. Some citation managers have the added functionality of an academic social network. Once the citation information is stored in the citation manager, it can be output in many different styles, like MLA, APA, Chicago, or others. It saves the writer/researcher from having to type out the same citation and bibliography over and over again by hand.

Citation managers make it easy to:

  • Gather citations from databases and websites
  • Edit, organize, and search citations
  • Output citations in many formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

Citation managers integrate with word-processing programs for inputting in-text citations and generating the corresponding bibliographies.

A citation manager is a valuable time-saving tool for researchers and anyone writing a paper with cited references/bibliographies.

Temple supports EndNote/EndNote Web, Mendeley, and Zotero. In addition to these, there are many other citation managers available for free or for purchase.

RefWorks Cancellation 12/31/2021

Due to low use, a high subscription cost, and the number of freely available citation and reference management tools, Temple Libraries will cancel RefWorks when our current subscription ends December 31, 2021.

All users who wanted to keep citations and PDFs stored in RefWorks need to transfer, move, or add them again to an alternate citation manager by 12/31/2021.  After this date, Temple users’ RefWorks accounts are permanently inaccessible.

See the tab in this guide Switching Citation Managers for additional instructions for getting citations from RefWorks to other managers.

For help with RefWorks until it is canceled on 12/31/2021, see Refworks at Temple.