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Chemistry Writing - Spring 2017 (21:160:350): Citation Managers

This guide was specifically created for Dr. Mendelsohn's class - Spring 2017

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Citation managers

Citation managers enable you to organize the citations you find by exporting them from the Rutgers University Libraries’ databases (and other locations) and placing them in folders.  When you write your paper, you can use the citation manager to insert brief citations in the text and to prepare a bibliography in APA, MLA, Chicago, JACS, or almost any other style.  The citation managers on the right are Web-based and may include the  button in the citation record.  Clicking on “Search for Article” will lead you to the article in full text, if it is available.


As you gather your sources, compile your References section. Complete this section before you begin writing your paper! Why?

  • This will ensure that you have copied down all the necessary citation components of your book, article, Web site, etc.
  • It will make your life much easier when you need to do in-text citations since authors and dates are already neatly organized on your reference page.
  • It decreases the chance that you'll include an in-text citation for a source, but then forget to include it within the reference section.


With the financial support of the Rutgers-Newark Dean’s Offices, the University Libraries can offer the opportunity to export citations to RefWorks from almost all journal index databases and the library catalog.  The process of exporting citation to RefWorks differs depending on the source.  For more information about RefWorks and to connect directly, see the links below.  (You may also access RefWorks from along the left panel on the Rutgers University Libraries’ home page.)

For information on how to use RefWorks, take a look at these resources:       

RefWorks 3 (Flow)

RefWorks 3 (Flow) is the latest version of the citation management tool, RefWorks. It allows you to save and organize your references, create bibliographies, and auto-format citations or footnotes for your paper. In addition, RefWorks 3 (Flow) includes features such as the ability to drag-and-drop PDF files into the system, highlight and annotate them, then share them with others.

For more information about RefWorks 3 (Flow), take a look at these resources:


Zotero is a free and easy-to-use Firefox extension that can be used to manage citations.  It was developed as a joint project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For information on how to use Zotero, take a look at these resources:

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