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Citation Management Tools

Using a citation manager will help you keep tract of of the journal articles, books, websites, and other resources you might consult when writing a paper. There are many, many citation management tools available. This guide discusses two of them: Endnote (which is available on DePaul lab computers) and Zotero (a long-established, free, open source tool).

Both Endnote and Zotero have plugins for Microsoft Word that allow you to easily insert citations while you're writing your paper and automatically generate a bibliography or works cited page. In addition, Zotero also works with LibreOffice and Google Docs.

You can learn more about citations in general from this guide.

Compare EndNote and Zotero

Function EndNote Zotero
Available on DePaul lab computers x  
Works with Windows & Max x x
Works with Linux   x
Works with Chrome & FireFox browsers x x
Works with IE & Microsoft Edge browsers x  
Save citations directly from browser via plugin   x
Sync citations between computers x x
Edit your citations online x x
Plugin available for MS Word to add citations as you write x x
Plugin available for LibreOffice to add citations as you write x x
Plugin available for Google Docs to add citations as you write   x

 

Endnote

EndNote is a subscription-based tool that is compatible with Windows and Mac OSX. It integrations with and integrates with many word processing programs, including Microsoft Word and Libreoffice. Students, faculty and staff of DePaul University can download a version from the DPU Information Services software page.

Download Software

  1. Create an account at myendnoteweb.com and log in.
  2. Add the "Capture Reference" toolbar to your browser from the Downloads page.
  3. Install the EndNote software
  4. Set your sync preferences to use your EndNote account details.

Tutorials

Learn more about how to use EndNote.


Zotero

Zotero is a freely-available citation desktop application that works with Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. It integrations with and integrates with many word processing programs, including Microsoft Word and Libreoffice. You can use it with a browser plugin (available for all popular browsers, except for IE and Edge) to have it automatically save your citations as you search for them.

Download Zotero

  1. Create a Zotero.org account
  2. Install the Zotero software
  3. Add your login information to your Zotero software (preferences / sync section).
  4. Install the Zotero browser plugin (Works with Chrome, FireFox, and Safari)
  5. Install the Zotero-Microsoft Word plugin

Tutorials

Quick Start Guide