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Citation Management and Writing Tools: Home

A guide describing software to help with citation management, writing, and other parts of the research process.

Citation Management and Writing Tools

Researching and writing? We can help you:

We are unable to help with formatting papers/citations or determining when to cite something. See our Citing Sources Guide for resources to use while writing your paper.

News and Updates

Mendeley Reference Manager

  • ​Mendeley released a new product, Mendeley Reference Manager. This product will eventually replace Mendeley Desktop, however the file organization tools are not present at the moment so we recommend still using Desktop if you plan to use these features. Learn more.

Mendeley Accounts

  • Mendeley recently added an option to create an account using an institutional login. This is currently not working with Mendeley Desktop (but works with Mendeley Reference Manager). Do not choose this option if you plan to use Desktop.
  • In some cases (such as if you have a pre-existing Elsevier account), you may be forced to create your account using Touchstone. To get around this, use a non-MIT email address. You will still get the extra storage. 
  • If you do create an account with Touchstone, rather than by setting a password, request to reset your password or contact Mendeley tech support using the email option at the bottom of the Mendeley support page. Indicate that you are an institutional subscriber. In either case, it may take several days to receive a response.

Get help with citation software

Contact us at: cite-write-tools@mit.edu