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Formatting your Thesis and Dissertation:Tools,Tips and Troubleshooting

What is a citation manager?

Citation Managers can be a great organizing tool as you gather your research and sources for your thesis or dissertation. They are tools that help you store and organize references, as well as create citations and bibliographies for you. Here is a chart comparing the more commonly used options.


Zotero is a free, open-source citation management software. It can save you a lot of time and energy when you are working on gathering research. Watch these videos for step by step help getting started with Zotero. Saving sources directly from the library databases can also accomplished using Zotero.


Check out the Evans Library's Research Guide on Citation Managers for specific help with Zotero as well as information about other, free citation managers.

For Quick Citations, Try ZoteroBib