Citation managers are research project time-savers. They allow you to build your own database of citations and sources for your research projects. They provide tools to automate in-text citation and bibliography creation for research documents, such as research papers, grant proposals, and article manuscripts. They may also include options to share all or parts of your citation database with others - for collaborative research projects.
The Citation Managers library guide at VT Libraries is a great resource!
Virginia Tech Libraries recommends using any of these citation managers:
Each of these tools can be helpful, depending on what type of project you're working on. View this citation manager comparison chart from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for help deciding which tool to use:
If you have questions about using these tools, don't hesitate to contact your librarian or one of the citation manager support groups on the citation managers library guide!
If a particular journal or other citation style does not show in your citation manager, you can often add it. For example, for the Journal of Nutrition, the default style list often does not include the specific Journal of Nutrition style. See the information below to add a citation style to your citation manager tool of choice.
*Note: most citation manager tools also offer the option to create a custom style - either based on an existing style (the easiest way) or from scratch.
EndNote Output Styles: http://endnote.com/downloads/styles
Zotero Style Repository: https://www.zotero.org/styles
Mendeley Desktop - Adding Citation Styles: http://support.mendeley.com/customer/en/portal/articles/169935-adding-new-citation-styles-to-mendeley-desktop