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Citation Managers

The Claremont Colleges Library supports two citation management tools to help you with your research: RefWorks and Zotero.

Why Use a Citation Manager?

Citation managers are tools that help you:

  • Collect and organize citations and PDFs for books, articles, webpages, and more.
  • Create and format bibliographies using a specific citation style.
  • Store or link to the original source.
  • Create in-text citations while writing in Microsoft Word.
  • Collaborate with others.
Comparison of RefWorks and Zotero

Each citation manager tool has different characteristics, and the tool for you will depend on your research needs and work styles. The Claremont Colleges Library supports two tools: RefWorks and Zotero.




  • Web-based; you can access your account from any computer
  • Desktop software with plug ins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera
  • Has an optional web-based component for backing up your files


  • Allows you to share citations. Good for organizing citations for papers
  • Web-based
  • Since The Claremont Colleges Library has a site license, there’s no cost
  • One-click download of citation records
  • Good for managing a variety of formats, including web pages
  • Offers most functionality in a free, open-source product


  • Free to members of The Claremont Colleges community via Claremont Colleges Library license.
  • Free with 300 MB of back-up storage. Storage upgrades available for a monthly fee. Open source.

Learning curve

Get started:

This chart adapted with permission from the MIT Overview of Citation Software at MIT research guide.
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