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Citation Management Tools
Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!
- Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.
- RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
- EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.
It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
Adding Citation Styles to Zotero
Although Zotero provides over 8000 styles in total, it only comes preloaded with about a dozen citation styles. Its rather easy to download and install additional styles. Search for the style by abbreviation or full name, such as APSA or American Political Science Association. Hover your mouse over the citation style to see an example of the citation, then click on the link to begin the download and install process.
Research Advisory Service
Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates
Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics.
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
UC Berkeley offers several resources for students to obtain help writing a paper. The Student Learning Center provides assistance with writing papers. They also provide several Writing Worksheets which can help you plan and complete your writing projects.
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