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Citation Ethics and Citation Managers: Choosing a Citation Manager

Citations are a necessary part of academic writing, but they can also be frustrating. This site will help you figure out when you need to cite, why we cite, how citation managers can help you both manage and cite sources, and where to go to learn more.

What are citation managers?

Citation managers are research project time-savers. They allow you to build your own database of citations to 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. Included in this library guide is information about some top citation managers, and contact information for citation manager support at VT University Libraries. Each tab above offers a description of a citation manager and links to an overview or tour, plus further information such as video tutorials and documentation. We encourage you to explore and try out these and other citation managers to find out if one or more will support your research practices!

Where can I get help?

Newman Services Desk - 540-231-6340

EndNote - 

Mendeley -

Zotero -

NVC Resource Center contacts