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Boatwright Memorial Library


Managing your citations



Zotero is a free citation management tool that can automatically import citations into your personal account, organize sources into folders, and generate bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. It also includes a word processor plugin for formatting footnotes and parenthetical citations.

 Visit to download Zotero and to learn more about its use.



ZoteroBib is Zotero's quick cite tool for use if you're only creating a simple bibliography.

Go to the Citing Sources Research Guide to learn more about Zotero or other bibliographic management tools. 

Deciding which citation style & tool to use

  • Ask your instructor which style guide s/he wants your class to use.  Chicago/Turabian, APA, or MLA are the primary citation styles.
  • Some professors create their own journal citation style and will provide it in their syllabus.  Others may require you to use a particular journal citation style -- Zotero provides citation styles for hundreds of journals.
  • Use the library's Research Guide on Citing Sources for information on different citation styles and UR's citation management tools.
  • Use Zoterobib if you have a short bibliography but need help in putting it into a correct format for MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian.
  • Use Zotero if you have a longer bibliography, time to learn a more sophisticated citation management tool, need to share your research citations, or want to keep your research organized into separate folders. 
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