Citation managers are tools that enable you to store and organize references to journal articles, websites, and any other sources you are using for projects. They integrate with word processors such as Microsoft Word so that you can insert correctly formatted citations directly into your documents while you're writing, and generate a formatted bibliography at the end. You can easily switch between citation styles, which saves a lot of time.
With the variety of citation management options available, it's important to choose the tool that is right for you. This table compares three available tools.
|Cost||Subscription (contact CITS)||Free for basic version (2GB of storage)||Free|
|Web/desktop||Desktop and web versions||Desktop and web versions||Desktop and web versions|
|Importing||From databases||From databases and webpages||From databases and webpages|
|PDFs||Allows highlighting and note taking||Allows highlighting and note taking||PDF files management and organization; can sync with third-party annotation software|
|Sharing and Collaborating||Can share with up to 100 collaborators||Several types of groups available. Users with free accounts can only create one group with three members.||Can sync group libraries|
|Learning Curve||Not as user-friendly as other options.||Quick to install and easy to learn; user-friendly interface||Easy to learn, simple design|