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Introduction to Citation Management

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to storing, organizing, and sharing your research with citation management tools.

What is a citation management system?

A citation management system is a tool designed to make your work easier!

There are many great features to a citation management system:

  • save and organize your references
  • insert and format citations within your paper
  • create a bibliography
  • search library databases
  • collaborate with others online
  • discover the latest research
  EndNote Mendeley Zotero
Vendor Clarivate Elsevier Open Source

Unlimited Storage Space

Can edit and create customs citation styles within the desktop program

Sharing capabilities include public and private groups

Crowd sourced database and individual paper recommendations 

Connector tool allows for easy reference information capture

Captures website snapshots

Word Processor Capability Yes Yes Yes
Share Resources With Others Yes Yes Yes
Social Network No Yes Yes
Operating System Support Mac, Windows, iOs app Linux, Mac, Windows, iOs app, Android app  Linux, Mac, Windows, Zotero for Mobile

Free to Pitt students and faculty via CSSD.

Available to Pitt staff at a reduced cost.
Free (Upgraded storage for Pitt affiliates) Free (extra cost for upgraded storage)
Storage Unlimited 100 GB as a Pitt affiliate 300 MB



For questions concerning EndNote, Mendeley, or Zotero, please contact the ULS Citation Management group.