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Citation Managment Programs
Citation management programs allow you to store references and attachments (up to a storage limit), create references in specific citation formats like APA, generate bibliographies, integrate with Word, and share folders with colleagues. Popular programs include RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero, and EndNote.
ProQuest RefWorks - The Penn Libraries has a site license to RefWorks. Accounts provide 10GB of online storage and unlimited sharing. You must use a UPenn email and currently you can only create one account. See ProQuest User Guides.
Alumni Access to RefWorks
As long as the Penn Libraries continue to subscribe, Alumni are permitted to continue using their RefWorks accounts. New RefWorks users need to change their email address and the 'role' of their account to alumni.
Legacy RefWorks account login
All new accounts should be created in ProQuest RefWorks above. Legacy is still accessible for long-time users. RefWorks support stated on in 2018: "There is not currently a date set for legacy RefWorks retirement." RefWorks offers a Document Compatibility Tool so that legacy documents can be used in new RefWorks.
Mendeley, owned by Elsevier, offers a desktop version for Mac and Windows, web version, mobile app (Android and IOS), and web importer for most browsers. Free access provides
- 2GB storage space.
- Permission to create 5 private groups of up to 25 collaborators for sharing common documents.
- 100MB shared web storage across all groups.
- File size limit is 250 MB.
Upgrade to these storage plans. Integration with Word for citation and bibliography creation available. See Help Guides and Videos & Tutorials, Learn & Support.
Zotero is a standalone desktop program with a web version and browser connectors for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. The free web account provides 300 MGs of storage space. Upgrade to these storage plans.
Desktop - EndNote X9 for students (Win/MAc) can be purchased at a student discounted price of c. $115.95 from the EndNote Online Store.
Online - Sign-up at https://access.clarivate.com/login?app=endnote while on campus or proxied into the Library. Once signed up, you can log in from anywhere, but the initial sign-up must be done through the Library. You may use any of your email addresses during sign up.
Note the capacity options below. If you purchase the desktop version AND access the web version through the Web of Science, you will have unlimited online attachment storage.
Citation Manager Help for GSE Students
Please feel free to contact me for assistance with RefWorks, Mendeley, or Zotero. I am happy to do one to one training or provide a group session on one or more of these tools. Contact Patty Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Backup your PDFs - File Storage at Penn
Penn+Box - file-sharing/storage option available to current students, faculty, and staff. Notable features:
- Desktop synchronization
- Web access
- Unlimited Storage
- Maximum file size: 15GB
- Maximum number of files: 40K
- Collaboration Features: Discussion forums, Document comments, Revision control, Document locking, Task assignments
The official Digital Object Identifier (DOI) Registration Agency of the International DOI Foundation. Started in 2000 as a cooperative effort among publishers to enable persistent cross-publisher citation linking in online academic journals, CrossRef now links items from a variety of content types, including journals, books, conference proceedings, working papers, and technical reports
You can use CrossRef to search for a reference and then see citation formats. Once located, click "actions," then "cite."