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NUTR 230C: Interpreting Nutrition Evidence

Introduction to Citation Management Programs

Why Use Citation Management Programs?

Citation management programs are time-saving tools that allow you to:

  • Create libraries of citations that have been directly exported from databases or entered by hand
  • Organize citations into folders and subfolders
  • Upload and store PDF documents with their citations
  • Insert citations into word processing documents and format bibliographies in a variety of styles

Citation Management Programs

Three popular citation management programs used at Tufts include:

  • EndNote
  • Mendeley
  • Zotero

In addition to the information included in this guide, you may also want to check out the following guides created by the Tisch Library:



What is it?

Zotero is a freely available tool that works with your Web browser  to help you collect and organize references. Zotero also has a plug-in that will enable you to input your references from Zotero into a Word document to create in-text citations and bibliographies in a citation style you select.

To install Zotero, you need to download:

  1.  the add-in for Firefox or the standalone version for other Web browser
  2.  the Word plug-in  in order to create in-text citations and bibliographies in a Word document

Getting Started:

We have created a tutorial video to help you get started using Zotero.

For more information:


What is it?

  • Paid citation management software installed on your personal computer.
  • Discounts for faculty, staff and students found here (scroll down to Thomas Reuters).
  • Automatically import citations from databases
  • Organize citations into folders
  • Share folders of citations via EndNote Web
  • Download PDFs and attach them to citation records 
  • Create citations automatically from PDFs 
  • Insert tables/figures into Microsoft Word documents along with captions.


Getting Started:

For more information: