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APA Style Guide

This guide is intended to help students cite their sources according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition (2010).

Reference Management Software

Reference management software can be used to manage your sources and help create citations. There are several different options available to you, though some of them are not free (note below). 

  • Zotero
    Free, open source, easy to learn. * Available as Firefox browser or standalone. * Good for capturing citation information from web documents. * Can store PDFs. * Allows user to highlight text and take notes. * Allows users to tag records. * Offers MSWord Plugin. (Zotero Quick Start Guide)
  • Mendeley
    Free, must be installed on computer. * Easy to learn. * Good for managing PDFs - can extract citation information from PDFs. * Users can see what others are reading and citing.
  • EndNote
    Costs money. * Relatively complex to learn. * Includes sophisticated tools for organizing and citing references, and creating bibliographies. * Highly customizable. * Can handle large numbers of references.
  • RefWorks
    Costs money. * Accessible from anywhere via the web. * Good for managing records for articles and books. * Allows users to share citations. * Users may download optional add-ons: Write 'n Cite (an MSWord plug-in) for automatically creating footnotes and reference lists; RefGrab-It for capturing web pages.
  • Citavi Free
    Free full-featured version of Citavi for up to 100 references. * Search for, manage, organize and cite sources. * Just click to insert citations, quotations, and thoughts into your document.