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Why Do I Care About Managing Citations?
There are several reasons to find a good system for managing your citations:
- Easier to properly cite your sources
- Avoid plagiarism issues
- Save yourself time and aggravation
You have many options for how to manage your citations. A list of programs that might interst you are below; however, you may find there are low tech options that work too.
- Research log -- write it all down in a notebook
EndNote desktop ($$) and EndNote Web (free)
EndNote desktop can be purchase at the bookstore for about $110. EndNote Web is available along with our subscription to Web of Knowledge and is free - go to myendnoteweb.com
Zotero (a free program for Firefox users)
A simple browser add-on that helps you capture citations and then later works with Word to add citations to your paper.
An interesting new resource with social media leanings. A cool feature is the ability to annotate your article PDFs.
The more commonly known styles like APA or MLA have a variety of textbooks that outline how everything in the manuscript should be - from the in-text citations to the bibliography with or without italics, bolding, or underlining. The library has many of them - check the list in Roger for details.
A few are in electronic format, see below for details.