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Citation Resources Guide: Citation Tools

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There are lots of tools available to make citing your sources much easier. Here are some that we recommend!

Using the "Cite" Option in Databases

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Many databases can create citations for articles and e-books. Some also allow you to export citations to citation managers (which we explain below).

Just remember that citation generators aren't always accurate, especially if an article wasn't indexed properly in a database. You'll want to make sure that you're generating citations in the right style, and review the generated citations to make sure they're right.

Citation Managers

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Citation managers are apps that allow you to collect, manage, and export citations; most of them also allow you to share articles, notes, and lists of citations with groups. If you're working on a major research project and need to track lots of sources, having a citaiton manager can save you a lot of time. There's a lengthy comparison chart for citation managers available here, but the (free) managers that we recommend are:

  • Zotero: Zotero's Quick-Start Guide is located here.
  • Mendeley: You can browse Mendeley's setup and use tutorials here.

Citations in Word and Docs

MS Word and Google Docs both have tools for creating individual citations. If you need to manage lots of citations and create a full bibliography, consider using a citation manager (see above) and exporting from your manager instead.