Citation or reference management tools allow you to maintain a "personal library" of references, citations, and documents.
Citation managers enable researchers to:
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|
|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 or Zotero|