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Citation Manager Software  

Presentation of Endnote and Zotero, two widely used citation managers.
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Citation Managers Training - Autumn 2014

Two types of training sessions are offered:
- a presentation of Endnote and Zotero, with a comparison of both programmes and how to use them:
   Monday, october 6th, 12.15 p.m.-2 p.m., room S6
   Tuesday, october 14th, 2.15 p.m-4 p.m., room S6
   Vendredi 17 octobre, 10h15-12h, salle S6, en français
   Monday, october 27th, 10.15 a.m.-12 p.m., room S6
   Thursday, october 30th, 2.15 p.m.-4 p.m., room S6
   Thursday, november 6th, 12.15 p.m-2 p.m., room S6
   Thursday, november 13th, 2.15 p.m.-4 p.m., room S6 
You wish to attend? Please register here!

- a Zotero workshop, with exercises
   Tuesday, november 4th, 12.15 p.m.-2 p.m., room S6
   Monday, november 10th, 2.15 p.m.-4 p.m., room S7
   Thursday, november 20th, 2.15 p.m-4 p.m., room S8
You wish to attend? Please register here!

For more information, please contact Catherine Brendow.


Introduction to Citation Managers

Citation managers are database managers which allow you to create your own database with the bibliographic references you gather during your research work. Most citation managers make it possible to:

  • download references automatically from library catalogues and bibliographic databases (but some references have to be entered manually anyway);
  • search for references, sort them, eliminate duplicates;
  • create independent bibliographies or insert references in a text while you are writing. You can choose between many different styles, change the style during the writing process, and produce automatically the bibliography at the end of your dissertation. 

Using a citation manager will allow you to save a lot of time, to avoid tedious and uninteresting tasks, to better the quality of your bibliographies, and to concentrate on research and writing.


Which One Should I Choose?

There are many different citation managers. In this guide, we will concentrate on two of them, EndNote, a proprietary programme which is the leader on the market, and Zotero, a free programme with many advantages. Both work on Mac and PC.

The best way to know which one best suits your needs is probably to test them. Zotero can be downloaded free of charge, and there is a 30-day free trial period for EndNote, or, if you are a Graduate Institute student, you can test it on the computers at your disposal on our premises (All Programs -> Databases). If you change your mind, it is always possible to transfer your database (which by the way is called a "library") to another programme.

Here is a small choice of Web pages comparing citation managers:


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