Citation Tools

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Writing Citations Made Easy

How Citation Management Tools Can Help

  • Gather all citations and research into a single, searchable interface.
  • Automatically format citations or references in MLA, APA, Chicago, and many other styles.
  • Import citations from the library catalog and databases, such as Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Google Scholar, Agricola, and PsycINFO.
  • Share references with groups, classmates and colleagues.
  • Automatically insert citations and bibliographies into your Word documents.
  • Securely store and access your sources across multiple devices.
  • Read and annotate PDFs.

Quick & EasyNeed To Cite Something?

Citation Machine

Find materials by title, author, or ISBN, or use the manual entry mode for quick citations in most styles.

OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab

Excellent free resource for learning APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles.

Get Help Using Citation Management ToolsWe Can Assist and Train You On the Tools Listed Below

RefWorksa web-based bibliographic reference manager

RefWorks Login (New Accounts) RefWorks Login (Accounts Prior to August 9)

Get HelpFor UNL affiliates only

Toni Anaya
tanaya2@unl.edu

Lorna Dawes
ldawes2@unl.edu

  • Accessible from on- or off-campus.
  • Helps you create bibliographies for your papers.
  • Automatically formats your citations or references in MLA, APA and other styles.
  • Creates a personal collection of reference sources.
  • Organizes and manages your citations.
  • Imports citations from article databases, such as Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Agricola, and PsycINFO.
  • Allows you to share references with groups, classmates and colleagues.
  • Uses the Write-N-Cite utility to pull citations into your paper as you type.
  • Uses the Ref-Grab-It utility to pull citation information from websites and blogs.

Mendeleya free tool to help collect, organize, cite, and share research sources

Mendeley Website

  • Accessible from on- or off-campus.
  • Securely store and access your sources across multiple devices.
  • Read and annotate PDFs online or offline on the go.
  • Generate citations and bibliographies in the style of your choice.
  • Publicly or privately share reading lists, references or full-text articles.
  • Connect with colleagues, peers or classmates to follow their research input.

Zoteroa free tool to help collect, organize, cite, and share research sources

Download Zotero

  • Accessible from on- or off-campus.
  • Gather all your research into a single, searchable interface.
  • Assign tags to your library items to organize your research using your own keywords.
  • Footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations or bibliographies.
  • Automatically syncs your data across as many devices as you choose.
  • Join research groups to focus on any topic you choose. Groups can be public or private, open or closed.

EndNoteDownloadable software to search, organize, write, publish and share

EndNote Website

  • Accessible from on- or off-campus.
  • Search your favorite databases, we'll automatically download and attach free full-text PDFs to your saved references.
  • Organize your references, access saved PDFs, sync your desktop and ipad to access from anywhere.
  • Build and format bibliographies and papers with Microsoft Word and Cite While You Write.
  • Invite colleagues to your EndNote Library to encourage the collaboration of ideas.
  • Use the manuscript matcher to find the best journals to publish your research.

Need help choosing?

Tool Comparison Chart

Can't decide? Let's break it down for you.

Libraries Workshop Calendar

Upcoming citation management tool workshops.

Style Manualscommonly used and discipline-specific citation style manuals

Demos & Donuts

1/2-hour how-to demos highlighting library services and Free donuts

October: Google Scholar & Google Search

Tuesday, October 4
7-7:30 pm
Adele Hall Learning Commons

Wednesday, October 5
2-2:30 pm
Love Library, 2nd floor Link

Get better results with Google. Do you Google? We do too! Learn simple tricks to make your searching more effective and get better results.

November: Citation Management Tools

Tuesday, November 1
7-7:30 pm
Adele Hall Learning Commons

Wednesday, November 2
2 -2:30 pm
Love Library, 2nd floor Link

Need help organizing your research? UNL Libraries have a variety of tools to help you organize your research an build better bibliographies whether you have 5 sources or 40!

December: Avoiding Plagiarism

Tuesday, December 6
7-7:30 pm
Adele Hall Learning Commons

Wednesday, December 7
2-2:30 pm
Love Library, 2nd floor Link

Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Learn about services that will check your paper for plagiarism.