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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

Mendeley Zotero F1000Workspace
HSL Online Guides EndNote Mendeley Zotero F1000Workspace
Classes at HSL See here See here   See here
Cost Under $100 through UNC-CH

Free to everyone
UNC-CH Add-ons

Free to everyone Free through UNC-CH
Notes See EndNote Basic/Online guide for further details on the free online version     Use this link to create account.  Select No, I'm a new user then select password.
How is it used? Computer
+ Web
+ Web
+ Web
Major citation styles?
Annotation of PDFs
Locate full-text using UNC-CH subscriptions



Adds citation from a PDF
Sharing options X7 and above 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 X7 and above: unlimited 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
Manuscripts for Mac
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