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Citation management at UVic: Managing your references

Citation management software tools guide

Citation Management: The Basics

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
  • Organise, edit, and search through the citations you've saved
  • Build and organise 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 organise PDFs, screenshots, graphs, images, and other files for your research

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 through the pages of this guide to find one that is right for your needs.

Please note:

  • Any web-based tools will host your data on servers that are outside Canada. To secure your data, consider using software that resides on your computer.