Citation Management Technologies

What is It?

Citation management software is used to gather, manage, store, and share citations to articles, books, and other resources. This software allows you to download citations directly from scholarly databases and websites, insert citations into research papers, and format citations using common citation styles such as APA, Chicago, MLA, and AMA. Some common examples of citation management software include: EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero.

EndNote provides serious researchers with more options for customization and is housed directly on one computer, while Zotero and RefWorks are web-based and can be accessed from multiple computers. Personal libraries can be created and entries tagged for sorting, combining like items, and keyword searching.

How Can I Use It in Teaching?

  • Have students create personal or shared libraries/resource collections.
  • Have students create bibliographies or annotated bibliographies for research assignments.

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Citation Management Tools

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