Citation Management

These tools help you store and organize lots of references, and format bibliographies and papers in specific citation styles.


  • Free to NC State users and alumni
  • Use it anywhere via the web
  • Good for managing records for articles and books
  • Share citations
  • Download optional add-ons:
    • RCM (an MS Word plug-in) for automatically creating footnotes and reference lists


  • Free, open-source
  • Firefox browser add-on or standalone
  • Easy to learn
  • Store PDFs
  • Highlight text and take notes
  • Tag records
  • MS Word plug-in


  • Free
  • Must be installed on computer
  • Easy to learn
  • Manage PDFs / Extract citation info from PDFs
  • See what others are reading and citing


  • Costs money
  • Relatively complex to learn
  • Sophisticated tools for organizing and citing references, creating bibliographies
  • Highly customizable
  • Handles large numbers of references

Quick Citation Formatting

For more information, visit Cite Sources.

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