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EndNote: Citation Management: Start

Use this guide to select software, download pdfs, format bibliographies and manage citations and research,

What is a Citation Management Program?

More comprehensive and up to date EndNote information may be found on these guides from EndNote:

EndNote X9 / EndNote 20

Citation management programs are personal content managers. These programs allow you to collect and cite sources, create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles, add your own notes and keywords to your citations, save images and pdfs. Citation managers work with word processing software to format in-text citations and bibliographies for papers and theses, allow you to share citations, and enable you to attach or link PDFs to a citation record.

EndNote 20 (current version)

EndNote Components

EndNote 20

For assistance with EndNote 20, consult the Clarivate webpages:

Widely used citation managers:

  • RefWorks guide
  • Free to UC Berkeley users, create an account using the RefWorks New User
  • Web-based: use with internet access
  • Works with Google Docs
  • Format bibliographies in Word
  • Import citations from RSS feeds
  • Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of articles from within RefWorks
  • Share lists of references or create a group account for co-editing

  • Mendeley Guide
  • Free (up to 2 GB web storage) software/web hybrid for PC, Mac, Linux
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • Sync PDFs to your web account for online access
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Search and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
  • From Elsevier


  • Zotero guide
  • Free (up to 300 MB web storage) browser extension
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
  • Open source software from the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University

The TeX logo

  • a typesetting language for scientific document preparation.
  • LaTeX is a program that converts plain text files into TeX.
  • BibTeX is a tool used with LaTeX to create documents and bibliographies.
  • The TeX Users Group (TUG) includes an FAQ, links to software.
  • Endnote has a BibTeX output style that will format your citations into TeX