Citation Management Software

Citation management software (also known as reference or bibliographic management software or citation managers) can help you collect, organize, cite and share your references.

For a quick overview, watch our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn’t recommend any specific tool, because choosing the right citation manager for you depends on your intended purpose and field of study and may be different for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. 

Check out Wikipedia's Comparison of reference management software to learn more about all of the different options available and discover what tool works best for your purposes. 

We’ve also provided links to some of the more popular citation management software choices if you would like to create an account or learn more about how to use one of these tools.