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Managing Citations

Citation management tools can help you organize your research and write your papers.  We really like Zotero, but there are other tools available you might want to consider. For links to other tools, style guides and more, see our Citation Guide.

Most tools allow you to 

  • import references from databases, web sites, or other citation managers
  • organize your references into folders and share folders either publicly, privately or both
  • insert references in any format into your research paper
  • create a bibliography

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Use Zotero to help you to collectmanage, and cite your references. With Zotero you can attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

  • Free & open-source with a robust user community & documentation
  • Sync desktop app with cloud-based account
  • Store and organize records and PDFs
  • Share citation records with anyone
  • Plugins/Add-ons for MS Word, Google Docs, and Libre Office

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To learn about other citation tools, check out our Citation Tools comparison chart.

Why Use Zotero?

Zotero lives right where you work: your web browser—allowing you to quickly grab citations as you research, and then easily create correctly formatted bibliographies.

Citation Manager Help

Chris Strauber

chris.strauber@bc.edu
617-552-4447
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Steve Runge
steven.runge@bc.edu
617-552-2183
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Enid Karr
karre@bc.edu
617-552-4477
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Enid Karr
karre@bc.edu
617-552-4477
O'Neill Library
Boston College

Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah
sarkodik@bc.edu
617-552-4465
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Enid Karr
karre@bc.edu
617-552-4477
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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Steve Runge
steven.runge@bc.edu
617-552-2183
O'Neill Library
Boston College

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