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Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools make it easier for you to add citations and bibliographies to your documents. They are also a great way to keep your references organized. With a citation management tool you can:

  • Add references to your library as you find them
  • Generate in-text citations and bibliographies in the style of your choice
  • Organize references and share your library with others 

Compare popular citation management tools:



EndNote 21

EndNote Web

Mendeley Reference Manager

What is available for free? What is paid?

Free and open source.

To use cloud storage (not required), storage prices are here.

Available to all current Ontario Tech students through the Software Portal. 

To continue using EndNote after graduation, prices are here (or export your library to another tool).


Free version available.

Paid plans for 5GB storage and above.

Storage Unlimited when saved on computer Unlimited with Ontario Tech's paid subscription 50,000 records + 2GB of attachments 2 GB with free account
Operating system compatibility Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS Windows, Mac, iOS Not applicable (web-based) Windows, Mac, Linux
Word processor compatibility Microsoft Word, Google Docs, LibreOffice Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Apple iWork Pages, LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice Microsoft Word, Google Docs  Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice
Browser plug-ins for adding references Chrome, Firefox Chrome, Firefox, Safari Chrome, Firefox, Safari Chrome, Firefox, Edge

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