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Citation Tools: Welcome!

This guide provides an introduction to citation management programs and citation generating tools.

What are Citation Tools?

Citing sources, creating bibliographies and organizing research can sometimes feel like the most difficult part of a research project, large or small. There are many tools available that can assist with this process.

Citation management programs (also called citation managers) allows you to create and organize a personal library (e.g. online file cabinet!) of references and articles and use a plug-in within your word processor to insert in-text citations and create reference lists. If you are working on a large or extended research project, using a citation manager is an efficient way to store and organize citations and PDFs. Check out the Comparison Chart of Citation Managers for more information. The Ready, Set, Zotero! video (shown below) provides a quick overview about Zotero.

Citation generators create or generate citations in a specific style for immediate use. Learn how to obtain APA (and other styles) formatted citations in EBSCOhost databases or use ZoteroBib.

Questions? Contact me via email or schedule an appointment if you'd like additional assistance with using citation managers.


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Ready, Set, Zotero! (What Zotero can do for you!)

Check out this short video about Zotero from Kyle Denlinger, librarian at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University.

Zotero Guide:

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Andrea Dinkelman
Bryan College of Health Sciences Library