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Citation Management Tools

A guide helping researchers and students select and use citation management and reference generator software.

Getting Started


This guide will provide information on citation management tools and citation generators.

Citation management tools allow you to:

  • Build a database of your references
  • Attach articles to references so that all your research is in one place
  • Cite your sources in your paper with a touch of a button
  • Automatically build your bibliography (also called works cited/reference list)

Citation generators allow you to:

  • Create a citation and bibliographic reference that you can copy and paste into your document.

 NOTE: Citation generators do not save your references.

Benefits of Citation Tools

Benefits of Citation Management

KU Lawrence Collaborator

We gratefully acknowledge our library colleague, Kim Glover from KU Lawrence, who created the original content for this LibGuide and shared it with us.