Citation Management

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Citation Management Software

What is citation management software?

Citation management tools allow a user to organize and retrieve information, such as citations for books, articles, and Web sites, by interfacing with library databases. The citation manager then works with word-processing software to insert properly formatted footnotes or citations into a paper and create a properly formatted bibliography.

Which citation management programs are used at Cornell?

Individuals at Cornell use a variety of programs. The Cornell University Library currently supports

Comparison of Citation Management Software: EndNote, Zotero, Papers, Mendeley  

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  • Zotero is a free, open source, web-based tool for managing citations, organizing pdfs, and creating bibliographies.
  • Free campus workshops on Zotero: Olin-Uris Library and Mann Library
  • Self-guided instruction in the form of tutorials, FAQ, and help are available through Zotero.


  • Mendeley is a free, web-based tool for managing references, creating bibliographies, and pdf organizer.
  • Free campus workshops on Mendeley:  Mann Library
  • Self-guided instruction in the form of tutorials, FAQ, and help are available through Mendeley.


  • EndNote is citation management software produced by ISI. A free 30-day trial is available through the EndNote website. The software can be purchased at the Campus Store.
  • Two Cornell colleges offer their communities free access to Endnote via site license:  Human Ecology and Agriculture & Life Sciences.
  • Free campus workshops on EndNote: Mann Library
  • Self-guided instruction through online tutorials is available at Mann Library.
  • Information about using EndNote with the Cornell Classic Catalog
  • Information about using EndNote with CU databases (through filters and connections) customized for Cornell: Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences


NOTE:  Cornell University Library’s subscription to RefWorks will expire at the end of December 2015, and will not be renewed.  More info on the  Refworks transition FAQ