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All the meticulous research you conduct for a paper could still be worthless if you haven’t properly cited your sources. As observed by the University of California Santa Cruz Library, academic integrity demands that you give credit to the researchers whose ideas you build upon, and identifying your sources helps your own readers a starting point to learn more about the topic. Fortunately, the Library offers tools and expertise that can help you make citations a breeze.
Zotero is a free, open-source app with connectors to Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge that allows you to save sources from your browser with one click. It is also an incredibly flexible, customizable tool to organize your sources. With Zotero, you can:
Explore references from scholarly databases, the library catalog, and other web pages
Download articles as PDFs and link them to your references
Save snapshots of websites you have visited
Drag and drop references directly into your document
ZoteroBib is a free tool from the team behind Zotero that helps you build a bibliography in any citation style. It requires no account or software installation; simply copy a website URL to the ZoteroBib search bar to generate citation information in more than 9,000 styles. ZoteroBib is a quick and easy tool for creating a bibliography for a paper, while Zotero is more suitable for longer-term projects or collaboration.
RefWorks is an online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers gather, manage, store, and share information and generate citations and bibliographies.
If you’re being asked for a group code when you try to log in or set up your account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-687-9351. (Note: We can only send the group code to a Georgetown email address.)
RefWorks allows you to:
Create your own personal library of references
Add citations manually or export from numerous databases directly into RefWorks
Set up group accounts for collaborative scholarship
Capture information directly from websites with RefGrab-It