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Getting Started with Library Resources: An Orientation for Graduate Students

What is citation management software?

What is citation management software? 

Citation management software are tools that scholars can use to organize citations, scholarships, and other academic artifacts. 

What programs do you support?

WMU librarians provide support for Mendeley and Zotero. 

How can I learn more? 

Register for one of the many workshops on these programs.

Dates and locations can be found on our events calendar. 

Why use Mendeley?


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  • Sign up for Mendeley a FREE reference manager, academic collaboration network and crowd-sourced database.
  • The Mendeley Desktop works with Mac, Windows, and Linux and let's you manage, read, share, annotate and cite your research papers. You can also store pdfs in Mendeley desktop. Just drag and drop!

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  • Mendeley Web Library and Importer functions on all major browsers and let's you save information with the click of a button. 
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  • Mobile versions of Mendeley are available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. 
  • Many databases allow you to import directly into Mendeley. When reading an article click the export button then choose "Save to Mendeley"

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  • Over 8000 citation styles supported
  • Find readership statistics of your work. 

Why use Zotero?

Why Zotero?

  • Free open source citation management tool.
  • not dependent on institutional subscriptions
  • one of the most used citation management tools in the world.
  • Researchers can manage their citations and create bibliographies from the standalone client or online