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Nonprofit Research: Library Resources and Services: Citing Sources

Guide to UWM Libraries research tools and library services.

Guides to Citing Sources

What is a Citation Manager?

Citation Managers, also known as Citation Management Tools, are designed to help the research workflow. 

Each tool has different features but in general, many can help you:

  • Keep track of articles, books, websites, and other resources for your project or paper

  • Store available full-text PDFs for a specific source

  • Annotate your sources

  • Create bibliographies of your sources for various citation styles

  • Use plug-ins to insert in-text citations as you write.

RefWorks Cancellation

NOTE:  Access to RefWorks ceased on August 31, 2020.

The library's decision to cancel the subscription to the RefWorks citation management tool was based on thorough assessment of usage patterns, cost, and the prevalence of free and low-cost alternatives.

Fortunately, many other citation management tools are readily available at low and no cost. See the table below for information on several well-known citation managers.

Open Source/Free Citation Managers

The account you set up with Zotero is separate from your UWM accounts and you will be able to use it anywhere, even after you leave UWM. It also has a robust help and tutorial community. It offers many of the same features as RefWorks, such as the ability to insert citations and format bibliographies in Word and Google Docs as you write using a plug-in.

Zotero Tutorials

The account you set up with Mendeley is separate from your UWM accounts and you will be able to use it anywhere, even after you leave UWM. It also has a robust help and tutorial community. It offers many of the same features as RefWorks, such as the ability to insert citations and format bibliographies in Word and Google Docs as you write using a plug-in.

Mendeley Tutorials

The account you set up with EndNote is separate from your UWM accounts and you will be able to use it anywhere, even after you leave UWM. It also has a robust help and tutorial community. It offers many of the same features as RefWorks, such as the ability to insert citations and format bibliographies in Word and Google Docs as you write using a plug-in.

EndNote Web Tutorials

Copyright Considerations

The Copyright Law of the United States  governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Writing without Plagiarism

Writing Without Plagiarism

This is a guide to organizing your research and writing process so that you minimize the risk of plagiarism. It will help you answer questions like:

What is Plagiarism?Do I need to cite this?How do I cite this?How do I keep track of all the sources I use?