Use Citation Tools

What are citation tools?

Citation tools (sometimes called citation managers or reference managers) are programs that help you organize and cite your sources. You can export citations and articles from databases directly into your citation tool of choice, then use the same program to automatically cite your sources in Word and create a bibliography when your research is complete.

Two citation tools we recommend are RefWorks and Zotero. There are other free and subscription based citation tools available, but librarians at Krueger Library are available to provide support for RefWorks or Zotero.

Want to get started with citations, but don't know how? Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an excellent resource for creating citations:


RefWorks Logo

RefWorks Legacy is being phased out. If you're new to RefWorks, just visit the website and sign in with your Winona email address and start saving your research. If you've already created an account using Legacy RefWorks, transition to the new RefWorks by clicking on migration link at the top of the screen:

Screenshot of RefWorks Legacy page

When the you click the migration link, you will be stepped through the process of creating a new RefWorks account. It will import all references, custom styles and documents from RefWorks Legacy into your new RefWorks account. This does not change the Legacy account which remains active and can still be accessed. Don't hesitate to contact the Reference Desk if you have questions.

You can no longer create a new account in RefWorks Legacy. If you'd like to create a new account, please visit the RefWorks ProQuest website and create an account using your WSU email.

Click on the logo to log into RefWorks Legacy.

Off campus? Use the WSU RefWorks off campus code: RWWinonaSU.

**Mac Users: Write-n-Cite in Office 365/Word 2016 is NOT currently compatible with Macs. Get additional information and workarounds.


Export your citations from library databases to Zotero. Automatically format in-text citations and your bibliography in seconds, all from your browser of choice. Click on the logo to get started.

Need to get a quick citation? Zotero now offers ZoteroBib which allows you to make quick bibliographies online!