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Guide to the U-M Library for New Graduate Students

Quick and easy need-to-know information when you're a grad student. Includes insider tips from university librarians and staff to help provide you with a unique pool of information and resources.

Why Should You Use Citation Managment Tools?

Citation or bibliographic management programs help you:

  • collect and organize your references and PDFs
  • easily insert citations in a Word document
  • create & format a bibliography in many styles.

Each program works somewhat differently, so take some time to get to know a few programs and find the one that works best for you.

Don't worry about changing a program that isn't working for you. You can export your references from one program to another easily.

Comparison Chart

Use  the first comparison chart to get a brief overview of 4 options.  Use the second chart if you'd like a bit more information.


Why use EndNote?

  • If you plan on an academic career, it's the most commonly used citation management program.
  • It has many features, including thousands of exisiting output (or bibliographic) styles, plus EndNote lets you edit any style.
  • You may be able to get a free copy through your department, but if not, as a student, you pay half the normal price.


Why use Mendeley?

  • It's not just a citation manager; it's a workflow product that helps you manage your PDFs, connect with other scholars, and find new references in the Mendeley catalog.
  • It was created by researchers, so it works the way researchers work:
    • Download the desktop program to as many computers as you work on
    • Also access your collections through the web
    • Easy to use
  • It's free!


Why use Zotero?

  • It's easy to use.
  • It was created by researchers, so it works the way you work:  it lets you take notes on articles and easily share them with others.
  • It's free.
  • It lives inside your Firefox bowser, so it's always ready to use.
  • It's the best program for those who actively collect information from social media (web sites, blogs, wikis).