Citation Management Software

Citation management software helps you organize the items that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

McMaster Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we have a citation management software comparison chart to help you choose from three popular and free tools. Below are quick start guides that can lead you through the process of setting up a citation management system, starting to add references to it from a database, and using it with MS Word to format your bibliography.

If these options don't meet your needs, you can view a much larger comparison chart on Wikipedia, which includes both free and paid-for alternatives.

Last Reviewed: September 1, 2015