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Citation Managers

Software and apps to help you organize and format citations for your research papers.

Table of Contents

Pages on this Guide:

  • Citation Manager Basics
    • What are citation managers and how can you use them for your research? Find out more about them on this page!
  • Choosing a Citation Manager 
    • Not sure which citation manager is right for you? This question compares the different citation managers.
  • RefWorks LITE
    • For those who had a RefWorks account before June 30th, 2019: Your RefWorks account became RefWorks LITE. Learn more about the features of RefWorks LITE and how you can use it for your research on this page.
    • RefWorks Legacy Upgrade
      • Accounts made in the old RefWorks (RefWorks Legacy) should have been updated to the New RefWorks to be supported and converted into a RefWorks LITE account after June 30th, 2019.
  • EndNote
    • The Chester Fritz Library has a new subscription to Web of Science that includes EndNote. Learn more about it on this page!
    • Clarivate Analytics' subscription-based software. Learn how to transfer your references over from RefWorks and find resources on installing and using the software.
  • Free Software
    • Learn key differences between the 2 most well-used FREE Citation Management tools!
    • Zotero
      • Discover this FREE, accessible open-source software independently owned by a nonprofit. Learn how to transfer your references over from RefWorks and find links to resources on installation and use.
    • Mendeley
      • Find out more about this Elsevier-owned FREE software including how to transfer your references over from RefWorks. Includes links to resources on installing and using the software.
  • Contacts for One on One Assistance
    • Find your Subject Librarian for further assistance. 

New Accounts & RefWorks LITE

Want to learn about the differences between RefWorks Paid Account and RefWorks LITE? 

See our Helpful Guide on installing and using RefWorks (Paid) and a PDF document comparing RefWorks Paid vs. LITE.

Important RefWorks Updates

Update:  RefWorks Paid accounts will transition to RefWorks LITE on June 30th, 2019


The University of North Dakota has subscribed to the reference manager software RefWorks since 2009.  As part of an ongoing review of core software support, a collaborative team with representatives from UND Libraries and Information Technology decided to let the subscription end this fiscal year.  A careful review of RefWorks usage, functionality, and cost, as well as availability of robust free alternatives, led to this decision. Importantly for UND RefWorks current account holders, on June 30th, 2019, your current RefWorks account (RefWorks Paid) will transition to RefWorks LITE. (Note that you must be using the most current version of RefWorks, not the “legacy” version). As your RefWorks paid account becomes RefWorks LITE, you will still have the citations and/or full text article attachments that reside in your current RefWorks paid account, but you will encounter more limited functionality. RefWorks LITE access will not expire.  If you want to use RefWorks LITE to organize and manage your citations, you must have a RefWorks paid account in place by June 30th.


UND Libraries will support those who continue with RefWorks LITE and those who decide to transfer their citations to another reference manager. In the fall, the library will regularly offer hands-on workshops for organizing and managing resources. UND Librarians have created this research guide on moving to quality free and subscription-based software options to support you with this transition.