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Citation Management Software

What is the citation management software?

The software tools allow a user to organize and retrieve information, such as citations for books, articles, and websites, by interfacing with library databases. The citation manager then works with a word-processing software to insert properly formatted footnotes or citations into a paper and create a properly formatted bibliography.

Which citation management programs are used at HBKU?

Individuals at HBKU use a variety of programs, including Zotero, Mendeley, and ZoteroBib.


Zotero is a free, open source, web-based tool for managing citations, organizing PDFs, and creating bibliographies.

  • Self-guided instructions in the form of tutorials and FAQs: Click
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  • Zotero Advanced FAQs: Click


Mendeley is a free, web-based tool from Elsevier for managing references, creating bibliographies, and organizing PDFs.

  • Self-guided instructions in the form of tutorials, FAQs, and videos: Click


ZoteroBib is a free service that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.

  • For more information on ZoteroBib: Click
  • ZoteroBib FAQs: Click

For help choosing a citation manager, contact us!