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Reference / Citation Management Tools

It is a good idea to learn to use a reference / citation management program early in your studies.

These programs are used to:

  • Store and organize references of what you are reading (and what you plan to read).
  • Insert accurate citations and bibliographies in your writing according to any style you need and change between styles if you need to do so.

Review the information about the programs below and then choose one and get started. If you decide to use a different program later you can move everything you have already stored to the new program.

If you would like to take an interactive class here at HSL to learn how to navigate and utilize a reference / citation management program, click here to register! 

Comparing reference managers

HSL Online Guides Endnote Mendeley Zotero F1000Workspace
Classes at HSL See here See here   See here
Cost Full: Under $100 through UNC-CH
Basic: free via Web

Free to everyone
UNC-CH Add-ons

Free to everyone Free through UNC-CH
How is it used? Full: Your Computer
Basic: Web
Your computer
and the Web
Your computer
and the Web
Major citation styles?
Annotation of PDFs
Locate full-text using UNC-CH subscriptions


Adds citation from a PDF
Sharing options X7 users have sharing options / email compressed libraries UNC-CH members have unlimited groups See group options here
Share unlimited projects and manuscripts
Free online storage Unlimited with X7 5,000+ papers
(UNC-CH members have more space)
700+ papers
(more space can be purchased)
Word Processor Microsoft Word Microsoft Word
LibreOffice (latest)
Microsoft Word
LibreOffice (all)
Microsoft Word
Google Docs
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