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AEC 6905: Citation Management

This guide is for the Agricultural Education & Communication Department's thesis and dissertation proposal development class.

Manage Your Citations!

As you work on your literature review, you will need to manage all the books, articles, reports, and papers you find. We recommend using a citation management software like RefWorks or EndNote Web to keep track of all those citations. It will save you hours of formating time!


RefWorks is an alternate citation management program. Most of the campus libraries offer RefWorks workshops. One of the benefits of RefWorks is that you can keep access to your account as an alumni. View the RefWorks tutorials.

EndNote Web

EndNote Web is a citation management program. IFAS faculty use this program for reporting publications. For this reason, the science library offers workshops and support for EndNote Web. Check out our library guide for more information.

Options for Citation Management

All Citation Management Software allow you to collect, organize, and format citations but there are important differences among the different types.

Which citation management tool is right for you? Here is a summary - see also the full comparison chart.

  1. RefWorks is web-based for easy access from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. Importing from databases is typically easy and many databases have a direct export option. Additionally, RefWorks provides the Write-N-Cite plugin so you can cite references from your RefWorks library in MS Word while you write. RefShare allows you to share citations with research partners or the public.
  2. Zotero is a very easy-to-use open source tool. The program lives right in your browser! Using Zotero, it is especially easy to capture and save citations found on webpages, and to add notes and other information to saved citations for efficient and creative organization. Zotero also offers a plugin for MS Word so you can cite while you write. The downside is you are not able to edit citation styles.
  3. EndNote is a very sophisticated citation manager that offers the largest number of citation formats and options. It offers a plugin for MS Word so you can cite while you write. You can share citations. The downside is EndNote is not free, is limited to one computer, and is fairly expensive.
  4. EndNote Web is web-based and is a simplified version of EndNote.  It has the ability to work in tandem with EndNote, as well as be a stand-alone system.  The downsides are  a 10,000 citation limit, it doesn't support attachments, or provide the ability to edit citation styles.

Additional system:

Mendeley is web-based and has the ability to add citations in MS Word.  Has a cool drag-n-drop feature with pdf attachments and allows you to share your citations in a social network. The downside is you are not able to edit citation styles. While we do not teach Mendeley, it is a popular and available system. 

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