Q. What are some recommended reference managers or generators?


Reference managers and reference generators have some similar features, but generators are usually easier to use and have less features, while managers are more complicated and robust.


Quick and easy: Create references to copy and paste into your document. Usually requires an account if you'd like to save references and/or create entire bibliographies.

The library recommends using Citation Machine, which is good for APA and MLA style


Store long term: Keep your sources in one place, so you can refer to them time and again. These require more steps, but will save you time in the long run. Some are free, and some are fee-based.

The library recommends two reference manager:

  • Mendeley - A free reference manager and an academic social network.
  • Zotero - A free, web-based tool to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. See more info on how to start and use Zotero.



  • Last Updated Sep 28, 2017
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  • Answered By Hannah Elliott

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