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Citation Guides: Citation Managers

Guides on everything related to citing sources: MLA and APA style, citing website, and avoiding plagiarism.

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Which citation manager should I use?

Citation Managers can be helpful in generating the citation for sources used in research, although students must still verify that the citations created are correct. Many citation managers are available (see this chart for a comprehensive listing). Some are free and some have subscription fees; some are web-based and some work better when downloaded onto your personal computer. See the listings below for some of our favorites.

Microsoft Word References

Microsoft Word offers the ability to create citations using the options under the "References" tab. There are online guides and tutorials that show how to use this option. Here are two to get you started:

Web-based citation managers

Comprehensive Programs

Each of these services varies, but each offers a synced online and desktop service, features that help organize large numbers of citations, and stores versions of web pages and articles for later reference. They are much more robust than the web-based services listed above.