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Citation Management 101: Basics


Hi! My name is Marc Coursey, and I'm currently pursuing my Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Buffalo.  This tutorial will provide undergraduate and graduate students with the necessary tools, resources, and skills to make your life easier when it comes to managing your citations.  Researching, writing, and organizing can be arduous at times.  So why not take advantage of the citation management tools that are easily accessible?  Well, as the saying goes, "If your spending too much time managing your citations, then your doing something wrong."  This guide will help you manage your citations more efficiently and effectively. 

What is citation management?

Citation management is using software managers to create personalized databases of citation information and notes.  You can use this guide to help you choose which citation manager is best for you.  These programs allow you to: 

  • import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources
  • save links to pdfs, and in some cases the document itself
  • format citations for your papers and bibliographies using many citation styles such as, MLA, APA, Chicago style, etc.
  • take notes, annotate, highlight, and much more, while reading articles

Learning Objectives

  • Students learn how to properly cite their sources
  • Students learn how to take advantage of the note taking options available in each program
  • Students learn how to use researcher collaboration tools to share documents
  • Students learn how to organize their information sources into easily manageable databases

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will know how to use citation manager software to keep track of information sources
  • Students will know how to evaluate the strengths and weakness of different citation managers to suite their needs
  • Students will know how to use the cite as you write option
  • Students will know how to work collaboratively with other researchers to share documents