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Academic Resource Center (ARC) Research & Writing Resources

Citation Managers

Keeping track of all of your articles for a research project (and creating references in your paper) can be overwhelming but there are research management tools that can help.


Citation management tools: Zotero


  • Provide a central electronic folder to hold the research you have collected
  • Works with all of the library databases and external sources (Google Scholar and individual web sites)
  • Manage your research by creating folders
  • Take notes on PDFs (highlighting)
  • Insert citations into your paper
  • Create a reference list (bibliography)
    • Remember to always check the output of these tools to make sure the reference style is correct and each reference is complete


Zotero- Getting Started



If you are writing a short research paper and you won't need the references later (like for a doctoral project), you may not need Mendeley or Zotero to store your references temporarily and format your reference page.   Try using ""Zotero lite" ( an app which will format all of your references automatically.

Watch this demonstration video.