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What is a Citation Manager?

What is a Citation Manager?

The video below provides a broad overview of what a citation manager is and what features citation managers like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote have to offer. Use the links below the video to find out how to install, use, and personalize these citation managers.

Video Credit: Victoria Lieggi and Justin Aceves, UIUC Research and Information Services



Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, open source tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.


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Mendeley is a free citation manager and academic social network that enables you to manage citations and PDFs.

EndNote Basic


EndNote Basic allows you to create a personal database of up to 50,000 references to articles, books and other research sources

Important Information:

  • EndNote Basic is free for you to use while you attend WVU.
  • To create an account, you must be on campus or connected to the campus network through VPN.
  • You must also connect to the campus computer network either in-person or through VPN every 12 months to renew the cookie that authorizes your access to EndNote Web.