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Citation Tools

Important note

Automatic citation helpers (e.g. EndNote, Zotero, EasyBib, etc.) must ALL be used carefully.  They are usually not 100% accurate.  If the data about an article or book is input incorrectly (as it often is), the citation generator does not "know" how to fix any errors.  Always check your entries against the manual.

How Citation Managers Work

Most citation managers can automatically import bibliographic data for each of your sources into their program, and the program will usually work together with your word processing program to auto-generate citation within your document.  You can also input citation manually.

Citation Helpers in Databases

Many database provide a button or link to generate a citation of an article in several styles.  Look for a link or button that says "Cite" or "Cite this item."  These operate on the same principles as above: they are auto-generated and often not 100% accurate.  Use them to start your citation, but be sure to check them for accuracy.

Web Based Citation Tools

Endnote is a software tool used for managing references, citations, and bibliographies.  Go to the Central Tech Store for a free download.  With Endnote you can: 

  • Organize your references
  • Access all your research from anywhere, including your comments and annotations
  • Build and format bibliographies
  • Much more!

Visit the product website.

Zotero is "a free easy-to-use citation management tool to help you organize, cite, and share research."  This tool allows you to:

  • Gather citation information from books, articles, and websites
  • Organize citation information into folders
  • Save the full text of articles
  • Sync data from multiple computers or devices
  • Share citations and resources with others

Visit the Zotero website to download and for more information.