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Introduction to Managing Information

Keeping track of citation information and properly formatting citations for papers are important parts of the research process. Fortunately, there are tools that can help to make this process much easier. The table below, which highlights key features of three tools that the UVM Libraries currently supports, will help you decide which tool is right for you.

The library is offering Zotero and EndNote Workshops this semester consult our schedule for dates and times. No registration required.

EndNote Mendeley Zotero


A desktop and web-based software program that allows you to store and manage your references and images. Format references in all standard styles -- APA, MLA, Chicago Manual of Style, etc. Works with word processing software to insert citations directly into documents, building a bibliography as you insert your citations. Export references into EndNote from many online databases. There is also a web based version of EndNote.

A free and user-friendly desktop- and cloud-based program for tracking your research materials. Use Mendeley to create and organize references from PDFs, research papers, webpages and other media. Its PDF viewer enables you to save, read and annotate full-text files. Discovery features help you find more research related to a topic, while social network features help you share references and collaborate on group research. Mendeley also integrates with MS Word, OpenOffice and LaTex, making it possible to quickly create in-line citations and bibliographies in a range of publication styles.

A desktop-based program that makes it easy for you to capture citation information about books, articles, web sites, and more while you search and keep track of research docuements. Once citations and research documents are saved they can be organized into multiple folders for projects or classes. Link to Microsoft Word or Open Office to produce citations in a variety of formats including APA, Chicago,MLA, AMA, and CSE. Register at Zotero.org to synchronize your citations to their server for storage and to collaborate with classmates and colleagues.


UVM students, faculty, and staff.

None. Anyone can access.

None. Anyone can access.

On Library Computers




Mode of Access

Desktop (PC, Mac, Linux), web, and iPad application

Desktop (PC, Mac, Linux), web

Desktop (PC, Mac, Linux), web (synching)


Yes, for web version.


Not required except for synching and collaboration.


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Contact Person

For additional assistance contact: Laurie Kutner.

For additional assistance contact: Graham Sherriff.

For additional assistance contact: Daisy Benson
Dan DeSanto.

For further information on citation styles and formatting see the following related guides:

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