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Social Welfare Research Toolkit: Citations

Resources for research in Social Welfare.

Citation Management Tools: Zotero

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Zotero is free software that you can install on your computer -- it helps organize your research, and then connects to Word to makes it much easier to create in-text citations and bibliographies. The library has created this handy guide to using Zotero -- including add-ons that allow you to edit pdfs and to link to unlimited storage while a UCB student, staff or faculty

It's always good to double check the formatting -- none of the software is perfect!

Trouble shooting Word with Zotero

Zotero toolbar doesn't appear?
  1. Close Word or LibreOffice.
  2. In Zotero, go to Tools → Add-ons → Extensions. ...
  3. In the Cite pane of Zotero preferences, open the “Word Processors” tab.
  4. Click “Reinstall LibreOffice/Microsoft Word Add-in” and then restart your wordprocessor.

Using Zotero

Screencast on using Zotero and APA 6th for Berkeley Social Welfare, featuring the work of David Eifler, UCB's Environmental Design Librarian and Zotero expert!

Using APA Style

The once familiar APA 6th style has been replaced, as of 2020, with a 7th edition. The new style manual includes some significant changes to formatting papers and has attempted to make language more inclusive and bias free. Among some of the new changes:

  • DOIs are now formatted as URLs
  • Authors no longer need to include the phrase "Retrieved from" before a URL
  • The singular "they" is now endorsed by APA as a gender-neutral pronoun
  • The running head on the title page no longer includes the phrase "RUNNING HEAD" and is no longer needed in student papers at all
  • Use only one space after a period at the end of a sentence
  • For more, see APA Guide: Summary of Changes from the University of Texas Arlington libraries

Handy cheat sheets from Purdue and Harvard have yet to catch up and are still referring to APA 6. Until they update their pages take a look at:

Citation Workshops -- by Request!

If you and 4-5 other students want a workshop on Zotero let me know -- we'll try and find a time that works for everyone!

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