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Citation Management Tools

  • EndNote Web
    SSU students, faculty, and staff have access to EndNote Web! Collect and organize your references with EndNote Web and use the Cite-While-You-Write for Microsoft Word plug-in to have your citations formatted in APA, MLA, or any other styles.
  • Mendeley
    Free reference manager. Automatically generate bibliographies; import and annotate PDFs; collaborate easily, find relevant papers based on what you’re reading, access your papers from anywhere online; iPhone app
  • Zotero for Firefox
    FREE plug-in for Firefox that allows you to store and organize citations as you find them. Also allows you to "drag and drop" citations to create your bibliography. Create groups, add a wide variety of items, store a snapshot of a website. Offers 20+ styles.
  • Zotero (standalone version)
    Zotero 4.0 for integration with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Word, and LibreOffice.
  • Zotero video tutorials

Citing Social Media

  • Research Guide by Boise State
    This guide by Boise State University, Albertsons Library, shows examples of citing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter in MLA or APA style.

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Citation Styles

Which style should I use?

Typically, the discipline in which you are working (history, sociology, English, biology, etc.) will determine which citation style to use in your papers. However, when writing a paper for class, make sure to check which style your instructor prefers. The following represent the most frequently used citation styles in the academic world (the accompanying links have been selected for their accuracy and ease of use):

AP For the journalism discipline
Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab)

APA For disciplines in the social sciences
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online
Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Bluebook For citing legal documents
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2010) by Peter W. Martin (Cornell Law School)
Boston University's School of Law Bluebook Checklist

Chicago For the history and art history disciplines
The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online

*Turabian Using Chicago style as its basis, Turabian was designed especially for students.
University of Chicago's Citation Guide
Ohio State's Citation Guide

CSE (Formerly CBE) For disciplines in the sciences
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online

MLA For disciplines in the humanities
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online
Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab)


See also Duke University's list of citation styles by academic discipline.

Note: the above content was compiled by The University Center for Writing-based Learning at DePaul University and re-used with their full permission.

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