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Social Work: Citation Managers

About Citation Managers

Citation Managers help researchers manage a complex web of scholarly information and resources in a digital format. With a citation manager like Zotero or Mendeley, users can store permalinks, citation data, make notes, save PDF documents for later use, create bibliographies, and share research content with colleagues.

Currently the Kathryn A. Martin Library supports three Citation Managers: Zotero, Mendeley, and RefWorks (Access ends August 31,2018).

Choosing a citation manager: Zotero and Mendeley Comparison

RefWorks (Access ends August 31, 2018)

RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic management tool. With this tool you can collect and organize references on topics for papers or research; electronically transfer references from databases to your files; create bibliographies or lists of works cited using the citation format of your choice; create in-text references or footnotes as you write papers; and create your personal searchable database of citations. UMD support for RefWorks will end on August 31, 2018.


About Zotero

Zotero is a standalone software program that works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It allows users to:

  • Create a databases of citations by easily selecting items from your browser
  • Attach and organize your PDFs
  • Sync your database to the Web
  • Share group libraries with others
  • Create bibliographies in a variety of styles


About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free citation and file management application. It allows you to:

  • Manage your PDF collection of articles on your hard drive.
  • Extract metadata for each file, rename/move them, and sync across platforms.
  • Tag files, organize them into folders, annotate, and share with others (including annotations/notes).
  • Use the capabilities within Mendeley to generate a bibliography, or export bibliographic data to other citation management applications.

How to use Mendeley