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Mat-Su College: Zotero, a free citation manager

An introduction to Zotero, a free, open source citation manager.

Generating a works cited, bibliography, or reference list

Whatever you call it, Zotero can quickly and easily generate a list of sources to put at the end of your paper. (It can also do footnotes.) Zotero can create this list of sources in APA style, MLA style, or any one of eight thousand other styles!

To create a bibliography or works cited list...

Select from the middle pane of the Zotero client all the works you wish to include in your works cited list. Right click and choose the menu item "Create Bibliography from Items":

Zotero items selected from the middle pane of the Zotero client. The menu that appears after a right click is displayed, with the "Create Bbiliography from Items" menu item highlighted.

In the Create Citation/Bibliography pop-up window, choose the Citation Style you want, choose the "Bibliography" Output Mode, and choose "Copy to Clipboard" for the Output Method:

The "Create Citation/Bibliography" window, with the APA 6th Edition citation style highlighted, the Bibliography output mode radio button selected, and the Copy to Clipboard output method selected.

Now, as soon as you copy and paste into your document, you will have a nicely formatted list of sources:

Microsoft Word with the copy-and-pasted list of references from the two previous steps.