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Citation Managers

What is a Citation Manager?

A citation manager is a tool that helps you to collect, organize, and cite references. For this reason, the term reference manager may also be used to describe such tools.

There are numerous citation managers out there, but at HSLS, we recommend choosing one of the following:

  • EndNote - EndNote is provided at no cost to users for Pitt students and faculty, and at a cost of $50 to staff. It is a robust citation manager with lots of options for customization and integrates easily with Microsoft Word, allowing you to cite your EndNote library while writing.
  • Sciwheel - Sciwheel is a web-based citation manager that allows you to discover, read, and share research from your computer or mobile device. Sciwheel is available to all Pitt affiliates.
  • Zotero - Zotero is a free, open source citation manager that offers both desktop and web-based options. 

If you aren't sure which citation manager is best for you, please consult our comparison chart. You may also be interested in our self-paced Canvas module, "Choosing a Citation Manager."

How HSLS Can Help

Librarians at HSLS teach classes every semester on EndNote, Zotero, and choosing a citation manager. Keep an eye on our class calendar to see a full list of upcoming classes!

If you would like to request a personalized session for a course, lab, or other group, please contact Rebekah Miller ( or Rachel Suppok (

Can't wait for an EndNote class? Get started with EndNote at any time using our interactive tutorials.