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American Indian Studies Research Guide

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,and Mendeley. RefWorks was discontinued on August 31, 2018 and is no longer supported by UMD.

Choosing a citation manager: Zotero and Mendeley Comparison


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