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Tools to Manage and Cite Your Sources

Library Services suggests the use of Zotero for automating citation and reference generation. Mendeley, which was previously suggested on this page, has issues functioning with library database citation exports, and so we have removed it from this page.

Zotero

Use Zotero if you want to automatically import citation details for sources you find on the library's website or online and insert them into your research paper. To use this free service, you must sign up for a web account and download a desktop application.

Benefits:

  • Automatically integrates with Microsoft Word for streamlined citing and referencing
  • Produces higher quality references than other tools 
  • Saves your citations for future access

Detriments:

  • Requires installation, set up and time to learn
  • Does not produce perfectly accurate references, but is the best automated option

Zotero Links
 


Microsoft Word

You can also use Microsoft Word's built-in Citation and Bibliography tool to add citations and create references in a document.

Benefits:

  • Convenient and familiar
  • Saves your citations for future access

Detriments:

  • Manual input of citation details for each source used
  • Reference quality is not as accurate as Zotero

 

Microsoft Word Citation and Bibliography Links

Bibliography Generators

Use one of the following tools to manually enter in the citation details for a source, then have the generator create the reference/bibliography entry for you. 

Benefits:
  • Relatively quick and easy.
Detriments:
  • Not as accurate as Zotero or Microsoft Word 
  • Manual input of citation details for each source used

 

Bibliography Generator Links