Bibliographic or citation management tools can make it easier to organize and cite references. They do this by collecting, organizing, and storing the citation information about the references you save, and integrating that information into a word processor to automatically generate citations and reference lists for you.
ISU librarians provide support for three options:
You will need to choose the option that makes the most sense for you. If you are collaborating with others and they are already using a citation management program, it would be a good choice to use the same system.
Zotero is a free citation management program with a desktop app and browser extension for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It seamlessly integrates with Word, LibreOffice, and even Google Docs in Firefox and Chrome. The latest versions uses non-profit resources to find free PDFs and identifying retracted items. It excels at collecting accurate citations, especially from online sources.
Zotero consists of the Zotero program itself, a Connector that allows Zotero to connect with your browser of choice, plus optional third-party plugins. Start by downloading and installing Zotero and the connector for the browser you use most often: Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Mendeley is a free reference management tool available in both desktop and web versions. It allows users to organize, annotate, and cite research papers. Mendeley features a Word add-in (Mendeley Cite) for easy citation in documents. It's a good option for users of Elsevier search tools and those who use the online version of Word, especially if they have an Elsevier account.
Login to your EndNote Basic account and click on the Downloads tab.
Under Cite While You Write, choose the appropriate Windows or Mac Plug-in, and Install the program on your computer.
To install the Capture tool, just drag the Capture Reference button to your Bookmarks bar.
Save time getting full-text PDFs into EndNote with the free browser plugin.