What is citation software?

Citation and research management tools help you organize your research and keep track of your references. They also make it easy to add citations into the documents you're working on and automatically generate bibliographies in pretty much any style. Harvard primarily supports the use of EndNote and Zotero.

In addition, Harvard has licenses for two tools with citation management capability:

F1000Workspace (the citation management side of F1000)

  • web-based citation management tool
  • supports entire academic research and writing process
  • emphasis on the life sciences


  • web-based authoring platform
  • designed to facilitate easy collaboration
  • especially good for LaTeX users
  • allows for integration of citation tool libraries

Harvard also supports the use of Perma.cc, a tool to create and save permanent links to online sources. 

Which citation tool should you choose? Check out our Citation Tools Comparison Chart!

*If you're looking for guidance on citation styles, not tools, check out our Citation Style Guides page.

Zotero Classes at Harvard

Zotero Basics classes

* If you are required to take this for a course and are unable to fit into one of our scheduled classes, please fill out the Citation Tools Help form at the bottom of the page to let us know. We'll try to meet with you one on one, or arrange special sessions for your classes.

Thursday, 10/25: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Cabot Library Instruction Room (lower level)

We have no more Zotero sessions scheduled for the fall. If you'd like to attend one, please use the contact form on this page to let us know so we can measure interest. 

EndNote Classes at Harvard

EndNote Basics classes

Wednesday, 10/24: 3:00-4:30 PM, Lamont Library B30

We have no more EndNote sessions scheduled for the fall. If you'd like to attend one, please use the contact form on this page to let us know so we can measure interest.