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Cite & Manage Sources: Reference Management Software

Resources to help you cite sources and manage references.



RefWorks accounts are free for Dartmouth students, faculty, staff, and alumni!

"RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies." (From the RefWorks website.)

Students, Faculty, & Staff: To register for a free account, you must (1) be on the Dartmouth Network (on campus or connected via VPN) and (2) register with a Dartmouth email address.

Alumni: Contact the library staff at Ask Us! and provide your name, your Dartmouth alum email, your major, your degree, and year of graduation. You will receive the instructions for setting up an account with the RefWorks Alumni Program, which is free to you and available as long as the Library subscribes to RefWorks for Dartmouth College.


RefWorks allows you to save and organize references in a variety of ways.

You can use as many or as few of the features as you want.
* Collect references from a variety of sources and store them in a single location.
* Organize references in folders by topic.
* Format and create bibliographies.
* Insert citations into your papers with Write-N-Cite.


RefWorks 2.0 Tutorial

RefWorks supplies brief online and PDF tutorials for login, navigation, and use of the product.
The tutorials are clear, easy to follow, and offer a very helpful introduction.


EndNote is a reference manager that can be purchased at the Computing Store (student price: $98; academic price: $185). EndNote is fast and powerful. You can download the software for a free 30 day trial.

Visit their web site for Video tutorials on installing and using EndNote.


Mendeley is a free reference manager that is especially strong for managing PDFs. Generate citations and bibliographies. Read, annotate, and search your PDF library. You can also securely share your papers and annotations with a project team. You can also discover other papers and other researchers who are reading the same papers as you.

There is a subscription fee for cloud storage beyond 2GB.



Papers is a PDF manager for Mac & Windows platforms. It features drag-and-drop functionality for PDFs, and allows you to  search and import publications from other databases. Read, annotate, and search the PDFs in your Papers library. As with other reference managers, a Microsoft Word plugin allows you to insert references from Papers directly into your document and generate a bibliography.  You can also sync your Papers library with mobile devices and home computer.

Cost: $79. A discount for students is available.

A 30-day free trial is available.