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How to Cite
The library cannot help you create and format your citations, but we do offer help with finding the correct citation style and the correct edition of style manuals.
Citation Style Guide
Use this guide to find the correct citation style for your class, and then find links to materials with information that will help you create footnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies / works cited pages.
Learning Citation Management in the Library
Citation management software allows a user to organize and retrieve information, such as citations for books, articles, and Web sites, by interfacing with library databases. The citation manager then works with word-processing software to insert properly formatted footnotes or citations into a paper and create a properly formatted bibliography.
There are many citation management options available, and each offers a different set of features (and quirks).
AU Library offers support for these three:
This guide walks you through the process of using EndNote. Learn how (and where) to download the software, select a style, import references, and more. *EndNote is available to all AU students, faculty and staff for free.
Mendeley is a free downloadable research tool that helps users gather, organize, and analyze sources for information sharing and citation management. This guide will help you get started, show you the basics of adding and exporting references, and more.
Zotero is a free browser-based research tool that helps users gather, organize, and analyze sources for information sharing and citation management. Use this guide to learn how to get started, get help, and learn about special features.
Some of the library's database subscriptions do not generate citations in correct formats for certain styles. Please check your work and use the resources featured on this page to ensure accuracy.
Citation management software can help simplify the process of creating, inserting, and managing in-text citations and works cited pages.
There are many citation management options available, and no one program currently works best to support everyone's needs.
Which Program Should I Choose?
There are many citation management options available. This guide will help you choose the program that will best meet your needs.