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Citations and Citation Management: Citation and Research Management

Guides to help you cite sources for research papers

Introduction to Citation Management

Students often wonder how to best manage the overwhelming pile of research that can accumulate while doing graduate coursework and dissertations. In this section, we have outlined several tools for organizing citations, journal articles, notes, links, interviews, recorded materials, and internet sources.

Each of the tools discussed below is unique, offering a wide variety of advantages and disadvantages. You should take time to familiarize yourself with each of these and other available technologies in order to discover which is right for you and your particular research needs.

If you need assistance beyond what this guide offers, feel free to get in touch with our Writing and Speech Center director, Stephanie Rice, at 909-447-2539, or email her at You can also make a Writing and Speech Center appointment online. The Writing and Speech Center website also provides helpful guidance and access to resources.

Citation Management Tools

Please remember that although citation management software can be a powerful tool, it is not infallible. When you input information into your software, either manually or automatically, make sure that the information is correct and in the correct format for citations. When you create footnotes or bibliographies, proofread them for correct and consistent information.

Other Research Management Tools