Our Fall citation management workshop season is over, but there will be more workshops in the spring. Check this page for updates.
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.
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.
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.)