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EDU 5100 and EDU 6245: Intro to Grad. Education and Research: Citation tools

Free online bibliographic management systems


Zotero works through extensions and plugins for Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Edge, which you can download from the Zotero website.  There is also a standalone version for Macs that can be used with other browsers, and a web version that can be used on shared computers, like ones in the library or campus computer labs. If you are using Zotero on a public or shared computer, restart when you are done to avoid anyone making changes to your collections.

intro to Zotero

Citation tools in MS Word and Google Docs

Microsoft Word and Google Docs offer some tools to make citing sources within your project easier.


PowerNotes is a productivity tool, used as an extension in Chrome or Firefox, that lets you grab quotes from texts you are reading online, grab citation info, add notes, and turn these notes into an outline and then a paper.

Using OneSearch

Sign in to save sources in OneSearch, and organize them into folders.  Generate citations for an individual source from its record.  Look for this icon: 

Citation generators

Other simple citation generators

Also see ways to gather pre-formatted citations from library subscription resources

Other tools

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