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Citations and Bibliographies: Home

A guide to frequently-used style guides and to research tools, such as software, to help manage and autoformat your citations.

Fall 2018 Training

We are more than halfway through our Fall citation management workshop season, but registration is still available for Zotero and Mendeley. Sign up for a workshop now.

The workshops have covered Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, and a general Introduction to Citation Management to help you choose the best tool for you. These tools make it easier to create your bibliography and keep track of your references. 

If you were unable to sign up for a workshop this fall, Contact me, Kathy Herrlich. I can send you a recording of a webinar if one is available for the workshop of your choice.

Style Guides

Frequently Used Style Guides

Citing Your Sources

How do I cite?

If you are writing a paper or assignment, consult your instructor about the proper style used in your discipline. 

If you are writing for publication, check the author guidelines on a publisher's web page for the required style.

Why do I need to cite?

Using footnotes, bibliographies, and similar strategies serves two main purposes:

1. It gives credit to the person who created the idea.

2. It allows your readers to locate the sources you used, so they can read or judge them for themselves.

Software

Is there software to help manage my citations?

Yes! EndNote and RefWorks are licensed for use by current NU faculty, staff, and students. The open source product Zotero and the free version of Mendeley are two other options that the library supports. Any of these programs can help you collect and manage your references, and auto-format citations and bibliographies in your papers. (Choose just one; they are not meant to be used at the same time.)

For more details on each program, see the introductory pages for EndNote, RefWorksZotero, or Mendeley or watch a short video on Choosing a citation manager.