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How to Cite - Tools, Tricks, & Tips for Managing Citations: Home

This guide explains several ways to keep your article and book citations organized so you can use them in your papers.


When creating a scholarly paper, it is important to reference from where you drew your facts, ideas, and inspirations. Your professor (or a journal) sets the style and if you don't want to do it by hand, try out one of the many tools for this.

If you need more context for citing, try the Excelsior Online Writing Lab or check out our Style Guides tab for resources on citing and writing.


Need help?  Email our citation management team to ask a question or set up an appointment (citation-management at

Citation tools with Get It at UC

Citation Generators

When you need to format just a handful of items, try one of these.

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Compare & Choose

How do the tools stack up with the basics & specialty functions?

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EndNote Desktop

Visit our EndNote guide.

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Visit our Mendeley guide

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Visit our Zotero guide

How to Choose a Citation Management Tool

Infographic for decision upon citation toolsUsed with permission (CC-BY) from the University of Michigan, with slight modification

Click on either the Citation Software or the Citation Generators tab at the top to learn more about the tools mentioned in this infographic.