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Citation Management Tool


Reference manager optimized for Google docs. (license key)




Please contact us if you need help citing your sources.


What is a Style Manual?

A handbook or guide that illustrates the accepted format for citing your sources (references) in term papers, theses, articles, etc.


What is a Citation?
A citation is a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work. Learn more about Citations on Wikipedia.

What is a Citation Manager?
A citation manager helps you keep track of articles and books as you find them, tag and annotate them, and easily create citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word. 

Why should you cite your sources?
Citing your sources shows that you have done research using authoritative sources.  Also, bibliographies act as further reading lists and help guide the reader of your paper to additional sources on that particular topic.

Which style should you use?
Ask your professor or journal editor which style they prefer.  Here's a general break down of what styles are used in different fields of study.

AAA:  Anthropology

AMA: Medicine

APA:  Business, Education, Psychology, and other Social Sciences

ASA:  Sociology 

Chicago (Documentary-Note Style):  Literature, History, and the Arts

Chicago (Author-Date System):  Physical, Natural, and Social Sciences

CSE:  Science

MLA:   Literature, Arts and the Humanities

Turabian:  History

What is a Bibliography?

A list of sources (books, articles, etc.) used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work.   Depending on the Style Manual you are using, the bibliography might also be called the "reference list" or "works cited"


    (Adapted from the Arkansas State Univ. Library Citation Guide)