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Writing & Citing (APA, MLA etc.)

Self-help for creating citations and references for research papers.

Citation Management Tools

Below you will find a list of citation managers, include RefWorks and EndNote web which are paid for by the library. Citation managers are a great way to store, organize, and cite your references. At the bottom of the page, you'll find a citation manager comparison chart to help you choose the best manager for you.

Citation Managers Comparison Chart

Refworks

Mendeley

Zotero

Cost

Free after creating an account. You keep access after graduation.

Free after creating an account. Additional cost for some features.

The main version is free. Additional storage can be purchased for a fee.

Access

Online

Online or Install Software

Online or Install on your computer

Word Processor Compatibility

Word with Write-N-Cite Plugin; Google Docs with Add-On

Word; Latex with BibTex

Word; LibreOffice; Latex with Bibtex; Google Docs

Add Notes to References

Yes

Yes

Yes

Share REferences with others

Share folders with other Refworks users or export references to share (can share file attachments).

Share folders with other users.

Share folders with anyone.

Link to Full text

Yes

No

Yes

Annotate PDFs

Yes

No

No

Duplicate Reference Detection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Storage Limit

No Limit

2GB with Free Account

300MB with Free Version

[Adapted from Temple University]

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300
323-343-3988