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Information about citation management systems available at no cost to Sullivan University students.
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What is a Citation Management System (CMS)?

Citation management systems (or reference management systems) are software programs designed to help researchers collect, organize, and format citations in a variety of styles. These systems have become "an integral part of the research process for many graduate students." (Rapp, 2011).

There are a variety of citation management systems. This guide provides information on two popular, no-cost systems: Zotero and Mendeley.

  • Zotero is a free add-on for the Mozilla Firefox browser (these browser can be found on many of the computers on the Sullivan University campus).
  • Mendeley is a free reference manager and social networking utility, which combines citation management with document sharing and workgroups to enhance collaboration.

Both of these systems can be used very effectively to organize citations. The selection of a citation management system is a personal preference.


Rapp, D. (2011). Reference management tools. Library Journal, 136(19), 38-39.

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