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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.

Citation management workshops

Registration for fall citation management workshops is now open! Visit our Training page to view options and register for webinars. 

All workshop are online and cover these topics--Endnote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, and Introduction to Citation Management. See how citation management software can help your create your bibliography and keep track of your references in this 60 second video.

Note: Librarians at Snell have created tutorials for setting up shortcuts for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).

Style Guides

Frequently Used Styles

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.

Choose a Tool