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What is a citation manager?
A citation manager is a piece of software that helps you organize your research and create bibliographies, reference lists or works cited pages. Citation managers generally offer a range of citation styles and features to choose from.
EndNote helps you manage your bibliography and citations, and is installed onto the computer of your choice. You store your citations offline on your computer, and use a Microsoft Word or Mac Pages plugin to automatically create bibliographies. EndNote is licensed for use by current NU faculty, staff, and students.
EndNote Online/EndNote Web is a free, web-based version of the popular EndNote software. EndNote Online does not require download or installation. Make sure you sign up with your Northeastern.edu email address to access all features.
Free software that will help manage research, annotate PDFs, and format citations. Mendeley has both a cloud-based and desktop component.
RefWorks helps you manage your bibliography and citations, and can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet. You store your citations on the RefWorks website, and use a Microsoft Word plugin to automatically create bibliographies. RefWorks is licensed for use by current NU faculty, staff, and students.
Zotero is a free open-source citation manager that lives in your web browser (Chrome or FireFox). It also offers plugins that can insert citations into your word processor.
Citation management workshops
View recordings of past webinars and sign up for fall 2021 workshops on our Training page.
Recordings are available for Endnote (X9 version only), RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Desktop, and Introduction to Citation Management. See how citation management software can help your create your bibliography and keep track of your references in this 40 second video.
Note: Librarians at Snell have created tutorials for setting up shortcuts for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).