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Which citation tool is right for you?
There are several free and discounted citation management software options available to students, staff and faculty at UVic:
Take a look at our tool-comparison guide to find one right for you.
What is citation management?
Citing your papers is an important part of the research process.
However, citing your papers can also become one of the more frustrating and time-consuming parts of the research process. Citation management software can help you save time by allowing you to:
- Collect citations from your online databases, library catalogues and websites
- Organize, edit, and search through the citations you've saved
- Build and organize bibliographies in well-known styles like APA, MLA, and even style-specific journals like Nature
- Format citations for papers
- Take notes on articles and save them in your collection of citations
- Save and organize PDFs, screenshots, graphs, images, and other files for your research--even offline!
What's the best citation management software for me?
The Library currently offers frequent workshops on Zotero, an open-source system for Citation management. You may request a workshop on Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote by emailing askus.uvic.ca.
How do you choose the best citation management software? There are many factors to consider, such as:
- Is the software open?
- Can I export my data?
- How much does the software cost?
- Can I collaborate with colleagues/friends and share my citations in groups?
- Can I access my citations and PDFs on different computers?
- Can I use a mobile device to work with my citations?
- Is my data being stored on a server in the United States?
We've put together a comparison chart below to help you identify the different features available and figure out the best option for you.