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 and the web
  • Cite your sources in Word
  • Create a bibliography of those sources.

The citation tool we recommend is Zotero. Librarians at Krueger Library are available to provide support for 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:

Zotero: An Introduction

To begin using Zotero, download and install the application and browser connector. Both are available for download here. Zotero detects the type of computer and browser you are using to automatically download the correct Zotero tools.


1) The Zotero application enables you to manage your citations from your computer (and off line).

2) The Browser "Connector" enables you to download citation information directly from your web browser when you are online. It syncs with the Zotero application (installed on your computer) and also if you choose to create a web login.

3) Register for a free Zotero account. It is free and will enable you to manage your citations while online. Look for the Register link in the top right corner of Zotero web pages. This web account can be set up to sync with the Zotero desktop application.


Citation Resources: Purdue OWL

The Purdue OWL site provides guidance for basic citation and paper formatting (APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA, IEEE).

OWL Purdue Loggo

WATCH: Zotero Videos

Ask the Library!

Research Help Desk: 507.457.5146
Front Desk: 507.457.5140
Text a Librarian: (507) 593-5391