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

General Zotero Instruction Sessions, Spring 2019

Cambridge Campus

Zotero Basics Thursday, February 28, 10:30am-12:00pm, Cabot Instruction Room

Registration open!

EndNote Classes at Harvard

We don't have any more EndNote classes planned for Spring or Summer 2019. We plan to offer more EndNote classes in Fall 2019. If you need assistance with learning EndNote, please use the form on the front of this guide to ask a question or to request a meeting with a librarian.