How to make use of Specific Citation Managers

These are essential tools that support your bibliographies, endnotes, and in-text citations. Citation creation is simplified by the use of these tools. However, you still need to think critically! Verify that the required data has been properly imported and formatted.


You may compile, organize, credit your research sources, and share it with the aid of Zotero (pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh).

  • Free and simple to use.
  • It is computer software.
  • Works as a browser add on either Safari, Firefox, or Chrome. It is also comparable to RefWorks, but a little simpler to learn.
  • You can choose to set up a cloud account as well in order to sync your library.


  • Install Zotero (and browser connectors) from
  • As you research, save sources by clicking on the Save to Zotero icon (looks like a book, sheet of paper, webcam, etc. depending on the source type) in your browser’s toolbar or URL bar.
  • Organize your sources in Zotero with collections or tags. Edit source information as needed. Take notes if you like.
  • Create citations and bibliographies by selecting items, right-clicking, and choosing Create bibliography from items. If you are using a word processor, you may prefer the Microsoft Word (or LibreOffice) Plugin.
  • Optionally sync your Zotero library in the cloud by creating a free online Zotero account at


Citations and bibliographies can be generated automatically in MS Word using a toolbar option. Each time you add a new citation to your document, Word adds that source so that it appears in the bibliography in the proper format, such as MLA, APA, and Chicago-style. I guess you never knew that right?

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Add a citation after a quote

  • On the References tab , in the Citations & Bibliography group, click the arrow next to Style.
  • The Style APA option is highlighted on the References tab
  • Click the style that you want to use for the citation and source.
  • Select the sentence or phrase that you want to cite.
  • Click Insert Citation and then select Add New Source.
  • In the Create Source box, type in the citation details, and then click OK.
  • The option in the Creaet Source dialog box are shown

When you’ve completed these steps, the citation is added to the list of available citations. The next time you quote this reference, you don’t have to type it all out again, just click Insert Citation and select the citation you want to use.

Create a Bibliography from your Sources

If you want to create a bibliography from your sources, do the following:

  • Click where you want to insert a bibliography. Typically, they are at the end of a document.
  • On the References tab, in the Citations & Bibliography group, click Bibliography.
  • Similar to the Table of Contents builder in Word, you can select a predesigned bibliography format that includes a title, or you can just click Insert Bibliography to add the citation without a title.

More Free and Simple Citation Tools

Here are some extra resources to assist you also with citing. They don’t have as many possibilities as the entire Zotero application. These often require manual text entry, while some can retrieve the information using URL, doi, or isbn searches. These tools put the punctuation and order together for you.

  • ZoteroBib – Manual citation generator for creating a single citation (or use to add a citation to your Zotero database).
  • NCSU Citation Builder
  • APS, MLA, Chicago (author/date), CSE / CBE.
  • KnightCite
  • APA, Chicago, MLA
  • NoodleTools (free options)
  • APA, Chicago, MLA
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