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Citation Management Tools: Home

Why Use a Citation Manager?

Citation or reference management tools allow you to maintain a "personal library" of references, citations, and documents.

Citation managers enable researchers to:

  • Capture and organize reference and citations
  • Automatically create in-text references, bibliographies and footnotes in a variety of citation styles, MLA, Chicago, APA, etc.
  • Manage collections of various types of research materials, including citations, charts, documents, PDFs, links, equations, etc. 
  • Import citation information directly from the Library's Catalog, online indexes and databases, and the Web
  • Share your library of citations with other researchers

Which One Should I Use?

The Bowdoin College Library provides assistance with three citation managers, EndNote, Zotero, and EasyBib.  (Bowdoin College has a site license for EndNote.)  Choosing a tool to use depends on your individual research process, methods, and needs.  In the chart below we have listed the most common uses for citation management tools and have provided our recommendations to meet each need. 

I want to                             We recommend you use..
Generate a bibliography of a few print resources, or Quickly learn a citation manager
for common citation styles
Easy Bib or Zotero
Work from several computers on and off campus

EndNote or Zotero

Work offline EndNote or Zotero
Write a major research project with many citations EndNote or Zotero
Customize citation styles, or specialized science citation styles EndNote

 

In-depth comparison of citation management tools

Help and Instruction

Citation, Zotero, and EndNote Workshops
   Spring 2018 Schedule 
   (All sessions are held in the ECR, basement HL)

EndNote for PC

Friday,  Feb. 16, 11 am
Thursday, March 29, 3 pm

EndNote for MAC

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10 am
Monday, March 26, 11 am

Zotero

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2 pm
Friday, March 30, 11 am

Individual instruction is available throughout the year at a day/time that is convenient for you.

For questions about EndNote, Zotero, and citation managers or to arrange an individual session, please contact: 
Karen Jung

Bowdoin College Library
3000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
207-725-3280
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