When you write academic papers you will need to give credit to the works you have consulted to support your argument. Because academic papers often require a lot of citations, you can use a citation management tool to make keeping track of your sources easier!
Use this guide to help you get started using citation management software. The tabs above offer specific advice on using EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero, including: how to add references to specific software, how to include references in your writing, and how to generate a bibliography.
Check out the Comparison Charts at the bottom of this page to see the special features available within each tool!
And remember: you can always change your mind! In the meantime, you might also consider whether you will need (or want!) the same citation manager after you leave Yale, or if you will need to use the citation manager to collaborate with internal and/or external researchers.
Unless specified by your professor or academic discipline, you have a choice when selecting a citation manager. Use the charts linked below to see an overview of the features and functionality of a few options.