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CMGT 540 : APA Style & Citation Management

Uses of Communication Research

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APA Style Central Reference Elements

Reference Elements

Learn about the four reference elements of an APA Style reference: the author, date, title, and source.

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Citation Management Tools

The following are the three most frequently used Citation Management Tools. It is a personal preference which one you choose.

RefWorks is a Web-based citation manager that allows you to import references from text files, web sites or online databases. You can use RefWorks to format a paper and a bibliography in seconds.  Checkout the RefWorks Research Guide for more information

Zotero. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

For more information checkout the Zotero research page

Key Features:

  • Firefox plugin so it works wherever Firefox does
  • Integrates with Firefox browser to provide 1-click importing
  • Desktop client available
  • Will store any file type
  • Archives web pages (i.e. stores them as they are when you save them)
  • Provides plugins for Word and Open Office to create bibliographies
  • Drag-and-drop citations into your paper
  • Create shared or group libraries
  • Publish your library or a certain folder as an RSS for others to see

Mendeley is free online reference citation management tool that allows you to manage, organize, write, cite and collaborate with folks locally and internationally. As a web-based tool, you can sync desktop and web searching.

For more information check out the Mendeley Research Guide.