Citing Sources

Learn about frequently-used citation styles and citation tools.

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Tools for Managing Citations

Below are some of the better-known citation management programs available. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. They also change and improve their functionality frequently.


RefWorks Zotero
Mendeley Papers


Purchase EndNote through JHU

RefMe BibMe
EasyBib NoodleTools Express
F1000Workspace ReadCube

Librarians at the Sheridan Libraries can help you use RefWorks for your research. Just ask your department's liaison librarian for assistance, or send an email to with a question.

There are many other citation management programs available and you may wish to use one of them. We offer limited help with those products. We provide robust support for RefWorks because JHU has an institutional subscription for that product.


JHU affiliates can get a web version of EndNote through our Web of Science subscription.
Library home page --> Databases --> web of science. Then choose "EndNote," at the very top of the page:


You will be asked to register, if you haven't already. Here is the Quick Start guide.

Please be aware that the web version of EndNote is more limited than regular EndNote.

Academic depaqrtments who want EndNote can go to the JHU portal at --> Technology --> My Software --> click the catalog link, and search for   endnote

There are many different tools available to help you

  • store and organize your PDFs
  • insert citations into documents
  • share your citations and papers with others
  • collaborate with others.

These products change constantly, so keeping up can be difficult. This 2015 Nature piece reviews the 8 most popular tools. You can also use the Comparison of Reference Management Software entry in Wikipedia for your general questions.