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Citation managers are software that help you collect, organize, share, and cite sources that you find. You can add all types of sources to a citation manager—like articles, books, interviews, videos, and more. Many citation managers offer plugins or extensions so you can quickly add sources from library databases, catalogs, and websites from within a browser. Once you have sources added, you can then organize them within the citation manager using tags, lists, and folders. Then, with the click of a button, you can add those sources as citations within your paper, and at the end of your paper, generate a reference list automatically!
The UW-Madison Libraries provide support for several citation managers, helping undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers to set up and customize these tools to make the work of keeping track of sources easier. To learn more and decide which citation manager is best for you, check out the Citation Manager Comparison Chart, attend an upcoming workshop, or schedule an appointment with a consultant. We look forward to helping you get more organized and less stressed about citations!