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When writing a paper, creating a poster, or presenting your research, it is important to cite where you found your information. This allows people who read your research to find the sources you used, learn more, or verify your information. Style manuals are books that outline the appropriate format for citing the reference sources you use for your research papers. Style manuals also review rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization.
Create your own citations in MLA or APA with the Auraria Library's citation generation tool.
What's in a citation?
Most citations include the following information:
- Author(s) (Either a person, an organization or corporate author.)
- Source (Such as place of publication and publisher for books; or title, volume, issue number, and pages numbers for periodicals.)
- URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for Internet sources
Information is arranged based on the type of material. Some citation types also include additional information.
Citation Management Software
Citation management software allows you to organize your citations by topic, class, or project and then quickly create a bibliography or cite a source within your paper.
Organize, manage, and cite your references online. This version is free to Auraria Campus students, faculty, and staff. May also be called EndNote Online or EndNote Basic. There is no software to install.
If you are not affiliated with the University of Colorado, you can purchase EndNote X9.
Free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.
A free product that can help you manage and format your citations. It is a Firefox plug-in. Download the plug-in and start uploading citations.
Comparison of Reference (Citation) Management Software
This Wikipedia article offers a more complete listing and comparison of citation management software.
Citation Managers Comparison Chart
Compares EndNote Desktop, EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
Research Guides about Citation Management Software