Citation Software and Tools
About this content
The content on this page is based on information developed by the librarians of the MIT Libraries, with their permission and our thanks.
What is bibliographic software?
Bibliographic software (also called "citation managers" or "reference managers") helps you to:
- import citations from your favorite databases and websites.
- build and organize bibliographies.
- 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.
Which program is right for you?
How do you know which program is right for you? Some things to think about when you choose:
- Sharing your work
- Some programs allow you to share your work with your fellow students or collaborators. Others are designed primarily for individual work.
- Use what you like!
- There is no one perfect program, so use what you're comfortable with.
- You can use more than one tool.
- Records can be transferred from one program to another, so don't feel limited to choosing only one.
Get more information
Scroll down to "Mark of Zotero" on the OPAL Archives Page for more videos and a blog post on why one researcher switched from EndNote to Zotero.