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Citing Sources: Citation Tools

This guide contains information on how to cite sources in a variety of styles.

Overview

Citation tools can be useful for anyone doing research. Citation tools allow you to create bibliographies quickly and automatically format in-text citations with word processing software (Word, Google Docs, Open Office).

 

For beginners: 

These tools help generate citations using URLs, DOIs, or your Google Scholar search results. These are good for citing a few items very quickly.

 

For advanced users:

More in-depth citation tools, sometimes called reference management tools, can also help manage your references for big or long-term research projects by helping you:

  • Collect citations as you research and save them in a personal account
  • Add citations automatically from JMU's Library Catalog and databases without having to cut and paste or retype the information
  • Annotate citations and link them to full-text documents
  • Organize citations into folders

JMU researchers generally use one of three:

 

Please look at the comparison table to the right to decide which is best for you.  One thing to keep in mind is that you can switch from one reference management tool to another.  You can export your citations, but transferring tags or folders will be difficult.

More extensive comparisons and other reference management tools can be found at:

Comparison Table

Citation Tool Comparison Table

 

RefWorks

Zotero

Mendeley

Web-based or desktop

Web-based

Desktop

Desktop

Save to widget

Yes

Yes

Yes

Direct export option from JMU Catalog & some databases

Yes

No

No

Works with Microsoft Word

Yes

Yes

Yes

Works with Google Docs

Yes

Yes

No

Annotate PDFs in program

Yes

No

Yes

Collaboration features

Share folders

Create groups to share sources

Create 1 group with up to 3 members

Cost

Free (with JMU email)

Free: 300MB

 

Billed annually:

2GB $20

6GB $60

Unlimited $120

Free: 2GB

 

Billed monthly:

5GB $4.99

10GB $9.99

Unlimited $14.99