Citation managers such as Zotero and Paperpile are programs that allow the users to collect, organize, and cite sources. They also allow for collaboration and some provide the ability to store and annotate PDFs within the system.
Why should you use a citation manager?
Organize sources using folders, tags, and even group libraries for collaboration with people across the world.
Many integrate with Google Docs and/or Microsoft Word to make it easy to cite sources while writing.
SJSU King Library supports PaperPile and Zotero. Use the table below to compare features and choose the citation manager that will fit your needs.
|Desktop or Web
|Desktop, with online library and browser extension; app in beta
|Web-based; Chrome-specific; app in beta (best for Chromebook users)
|Free to everyone
|Free to SJSU users
|300mb standard; can pay for more
|unlimited; uses Google Drive
|Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice
|Google Docs & Word
Compare all available citation managers here.
Note: Chromebook users should choose a web-based citation manager.
Tired of citation generators that are full of ads or ask for payment? Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles. There’s no software to install or account to create, and it works on any device, including tablets and phones. Your bibliography is stored right on your device — in your browser’s local storage — unless you create a version to share or load elsewhere, so your data remains entirely under your control. (Source)