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Citing Sources: Manage Sources / Create References

Learn more about why we cite the sources we use, how to cite sources in a specific style, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.

Tools to Manage Sources, Create Reference Lists, and Insert In-text Citations

Source Manager Comparison Chart

This comparison chart highlights features that most users seek in these types of tools. The list is not intended to be comprehensive. For a printer friendly version of the chart download the pdf file.

 

Time to Learn

1.5 - 2 hours

30 minutes

45 minutes

1 - 2 hours

Good for scholarly content

X

X

X

X

Easy to add diverse sources

 

X

 

 

Create folders to organize content

X

X

X

X

Assign keywords to improve searchability

X

X

X

X

Store PDF’s

X

X

X

X

Annotate PDF’s

X

Prior to Storage

X

Prior to Storage

Create bibliographies in specific styles

X

X

X

X

MS Word tool to insert citations

X

X

X

X

Available for google docs

Compatible with all major browsers

X

X

X

X

Browser tool to save sources from web

X

X

X

X

Compatible with multiple operating systems

X

X

X

X

Share with others

X

X

X

X

Cost

Free to all ISU

Free

Free

Free to all ISU

Storage

1GB; submit request for more

300MB; $ for more

2GB; $ for more

2GB; 5GB for $

Weakness

May not transfer with you to other institution

 

 

ISU does not support desktop version

Help Guides

Milner Library RefWorks Guide

Zotero: Home page; Quick Start Guide; MIT Guide

Mendeley

Milner Library Endnote Online Guide

Short descriptions of our recommended source managers. Consult the help guides to learn more about each tool. Consult the comparison chart to determine which one best suits your needs or download a the printer friendly version of the chart.

Reference generators (also called citation generators) are handy tools to quickly create a preformatted reference for one or two sources. Usually you need to copy & paste content into a form. Most generators do not save the information entered into the form.

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