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Citation Tools & Applications: Citation Tools

Citation Tools -- managing your resources and much more

There are a number of different programs that will help you collect, manage and format the citation information for your research resources. The following are free ones the library is currently supporting:

Endnote Online / Endnote Web

Free online version of classic citation manager software to help manage your bibliographic needs, inlcuding organizing sources and citations by project,  sharing citations for group work, and for "citing while you write", i.e. inserting citations into papers while writing.

You'll need to sign up for EndnoteWeb and install the Cite-While-You-Write tool.

Please contact the Library at email with questions or for help. 


Zotero is a free citation management program with an online storage component. It can be downloaded from

You'll want to sign up for a account to save your references, and install the helper apps for your browser and Word.

Notes for Drew users:

ZoteroBib - formatting citations

To use ZoteroBib:

  1. Go to
  2. In the search box, enter:
    1. For journal articles, either the article title or the DOI . (URLS for articles in Drew's subscriptions generally don't work-- use the DOI instead.)
    2. For books, either the title or the ISBN
    3. For websites and blogs, enter the URL.
  3. Click on the blue Cite button
  4. If ZoteroBib finds more than one version of the title it will show you a list and ask you to choose.
  5. Once you have the right item, you may need to edit it manually (especially for Websites and blog posts)-- click on the blue Edit button.
  6. The citation will appear, in the default format, in the Bibliography list below.
    • Click the blue stripe with the name of the citation style to choose a different style.
      • If your style isn't there, click on other styles in the menu and search for it-- once you find it, click ADD and it will be one of the choices.
  7. Continue until you've entered all your citations. (If you need to edit a citation you entered previously, click on it in the Bibliography list. You can also enter citations manually using the Manual Entry button for things like reports and book chapters that don't come in your search.)
  8. When you're ready to move your bibliography into a document, scroll down to the Export section of the page and select Copy to Clipboard
  9. Paste your bibliography into the document where you plan to use it!

NOTE: Zotero saves your bibliography in the browser on the computer you are using, so make sure you remove old citations before starting a new bibliography-- use the Delete All button. But, if you made a set of citations on one computer and want to access it on another, use the "Link to this Version" in the first computer, and email yourself the link.


Options for Citation Tools

Quick summary of options:

Simple bibliography formatter:

  • ZoteroBib

Citation Management Software

  • Endnote Web 
  • Zotero‚Äč

Scan the information on this page to learn about all of these options.

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