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BEE 102: Ecological Engineering

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This page includes resources for citing sources, including:

  • A tutorial that provides an overview of citations in academic writing.
  • A tutorial about a tool called Zotero, which will help you manage and use your sources.

Citations Overview

Cover of the APA Publication Manual 6th editionCiting your sources is an essential part of academic writing.  This tutorial shows how and why scholars cite the way they do.

Citations 101

What is Zotero

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free extension that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use and lives in your web browser where you do your work. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word (for Mac or Windows) or OpenOffice.

You can use Zotero as an extension, or you can use the Zotero Standalone.

References can be added to a Zotero library in many different ways:  directly from databases, journal websites, Google Scholar or the library catalog, by reference file import (for example from an EndNote library) and by entering them manually.

Using Zotero to manage citations