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How to use & create citations

What is citation management software

Citation management software download, organize, and insert citations into the document you are writing. They use the citation style you choose to add the in-text citations and automatically build the works cited list, reference list, or bibliography at the end of the document. Citation management software can also allow for group work and sharing documents between people. Most people use citation management software for longer scholarly works such as research articles, theses or dissertations, books, and more. 

Choosing citation management software

These are the most commonly used citation management software. This table compares them. There are others, but EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero are the most popular at Georgia Tech.

  EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Cost Free through Georgia Tech OIT Free from Elsevier Free and open source
Strengths Versatile and powerful Great for group work Great for group work
Ease of use Difficult at first Easy Easy
Social network No Yes Yes
Operating system Mac, Windows, iOS app Mac, Windows, iOS app, Android app Mac, Windows, Linux, Zotero for Mobile app
Storage Unlimited 2 GB free 300 MB free

Adapted from the Introduction to Citation Management from the University of Pittsburgh Library system. 


You can find the citation management software at the following links.

You must be a Georgia Tech student, faculty, or staff member to download EndNote. You will need to pass through authentication to get access to the menu of software available through Georgia Tech OIT.