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Entomology: Citation Management

This guide provides general library resources for entomology students and faculty, recommendations for resources for the general public, and specialized resources for specific entomology classes.


It's difficult to understate how important citation management is to your research integrity. Save yourself time, frustration, and prevent plagarism by keeping track of your citations as you research. Citation management software makes it easy to do! Import bulk citations (with abstracts!) from databases, keep notes on important issues, tag important citations, and cite while you write in both Word and Google Docs!

The University Libraries offer support in the three citation managers listed below. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

More Info On Zotero

Zotero is a free open-source online reference management tool used to collect, organize, and format citations to journal articles, books, websites, and other types of resources. Citations and documents can be shared by groups for collaborative research and writing.


Looking for more info on Zotero? Check out the Research Guide linked below or contact me for help!

More Info on Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network.  Users can manage and organize their references, create and share annotations, collaborate with other users, and discover new content in their areas of interest.

See the Mendeley Overview for more information about all the features available.


Looking for more info on Mendeley? Check out the Research Guide linked below or contact me for help!

More Info On EndNote

EndNote and EndNote Online

EndNote is a reference manager software program that allows you to collect and organize your references and to create bibliographies. It allows you to either type in or capture references from our Electronic Resources. Using EndNote, you can create bibliographies within Microsoft Word or other word-processors. EndNote is able to format bibliographies in almost every conceivable bibliographic citation style, such as APA, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, Turabian, Science and other journal-specific bibliographic citation styles.

EndNote Online

EndNote Online (also called EndNote Basic) is an online version of EndNote. Anyone can sign up for a free Basic account, but some features and functionality are limited. A Premium EndNote Online account is available for free to MSU users through the MSU Libraries subscription to Web of Science, which can be accessed from the electronic resources page.

Benefits of EndNote Online

Besides being free, the major advantage of EndNote Online is that you can access your account from any computer that has an internet connection (as long as you can access the MSU Libraries electronic resources). Many users like to try out EndNote Online to see if it will meet their needs before they purchase the regular EndNote software. With EndNote Online, it is possible to share libraries with other EndNote Online users - making collaboration easy. EndNote Online can also work with EndNote desktop software so you can move references between the two (version 10 or higher).


Looking for more info on EndNote? Check out the Research Guide linked below or contact me for help!