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Collection of helpful resources for those participating in CHM's CEMP program

Which Citation Manager Should I Choose?

For more information on which citation manager to use, see the following sites:

Citation Manager Comparison Chart from the MSU Libraries

Choosing a Citation Manager from the Penn State University Libraries

Zotero vs. Endnote from The Chronicle of Higher Education ProfHacker Blog

Citation Managers: Comparison of Features from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries

Citation Management Programs

If you are going to undertake any literature review you should think about how you are going to manage your citations and research materials. In a smaller review this may take the form of an excel document and associated folder of PDFs. In larger searches you may need more sophisticated technology to manage citations because of the volume of research you are finding.

There are many options for citation management programs, some free and some not, and we have put together guides to the most commonly used ones.

Check them out and decide for yourself which you prefer. The important point is to keep organized so when you come to write your paper/report/article or want to re-do a portion of your work everything is in one place and reduces the time expended to duplicate what you did previously.

CItation Management in Databases

In most academic databases you will see an option to import, export, download, or send files to a citation manager. Most accept the file format .ris but when in doubt download a .txt file. The guides linked to above explain how to download citations from most sources.

In Google Scholar you will not be able to download multiple citations at a time. You need to do it one-by-one.

To tell Google Scholar what format/program to export to you need to change a few settings. Go to the settings gear from the Google Scholar homepage, in the "search results" tab go to the "Bibliography manager" section and choose the citation management software you want to export to.

bibliography amanger section of google scholar search results settings with the option checked to import citations into endnote

In the results page an option to export to a citation manager will now appear, you may need to click the "more" button to see it.

one results from a google scholar search with import into endnote button displayed

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