Why You Should Start Using Citation Management Software

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


Would you like to learn how to create a bibliography or “works cited” page in a matter of seconds?

Are you wondering how best to keep track of all the citations you copy and paste for all the articles and books you use?

Do you wish you could just plug in a footnote while you’re writing in Word or Google Docs, and have it automatically format correctly?

Are you interested in finding ways to store (and maybe even share) the citations and documents you’re accumulating in your research?

Citation management software allows you accomplish all these things!

  • download citations (and attach PDFs) from various websites and databases,
  • store the citations in folders, and optionally share them,
  • create properly formatted footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies using APA, ASCE, Chicago, MLA, and dozens of other styles painlessly in your word processor.

There are many commercial products out there for you to choose from, but at Northeastern we support Endnote, Refworks, and Zotero.

Next week, the library offers several workshops and a drop in session to help you get started and answer questions.  Choose the right software for your needs, install or register your account, learn how to upload citations, and “cite while you write” in Word and Google Docs.






Workshop dates and times

Getting Started with Endnote
Monday, October 30
422 Snell Library

Getting Started with Zotero
Tuesday, October 31
422 Snell Library

Getting Started with Refworks
Wednesday, November 1
422 Snell Library

Getting Started with Refworks (ONLINE)
Thursday, November 2

DROP IN Citation Help
Friday, November 3
CoLab D, Level 1 Snell Library (near Argo Tea)
(no registration necessary)

Please join us!

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  1. Rebecca Bailey, October 29, 2017:

    this is terrific! Wish I could come help! 🙂

  2. Leslie Bell, November 2, 2017:

    How do I log into the “Getting Started With RefWork” webinar?

  3. Jon Reed, November 21, 2017:

    Hi Leslie,

    Sorry for such a late reply to your comment! While the RefWorks webinar has passed, we’ll have sessions at Snell in the first week of December on 12/4 11:30AM-1PM, 12/6 1:30-3:30PM, and 12/7 4-6PM. You can also stay up to date with all of our workshops and events at northeastern.libcal.com

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