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Graduate Student Guides

Citation Management Software

When writing in any discipline, you will need to cite sources when quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing another author’s ideas. At the graduate level, particularly for a thesis or major research project, you will likely be drawing on many different sources. To keep your sources organized while you write, you can use a citation manager. 

The McMaster Library explains what citation management software is here, and compares three common managers: Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote. The Library also provides detailed instructions on how to use each of these managers. 

For additional support, the Library offers a session on citation managers about once per term. Check the Library Events page here for information on when this session is offered next. 


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“Citation Management Software.” McMaster University Library

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