Citation - or recording and acknowledging the sources and creators of the information and ideas you use to form and inform your own research work - is crucial to the ongoing conversation of academic research. It allows your readers to dig deeper, track your process, find more information - AND it gives evidence of your own hard work and gained knowledge - AND it's the law! - the creators of the resources you use also work hard and ought to be credited for the work they do!
Citation management software allows you to organize and retrieve citations to books, articles, etc. from library databases. Once citations are captured, they can be stored and manipulated in mini-databases. Citations and footnotes can be inserted into word processing documents and stand-alone bibliographies saved in common word processing program formats.
EndNote is software program produced by ISI that helps you store and manage bibliographic references for your research projects and papers. It can format references and automatically create bibliographies using a variety of studles such as APA and MLA. All WSU students, faculty, and staff can download the EndNote software for free. It is available for both Windows PC and Mac platforms. Go to the EndNote library guide for more information. Click here for a handout on downloading and using EndNote. The web version is called EndNote Web. Click here for a handout on using EndNote Web.
Zotero is a free, open source, web-based tool for management citations, organizing pdfs, and creating bibliographies. Go to the Zotero library guide for more information. Tutorials and help are also available through the Zotero website.
Mendeley is a free, web-based took for managing reference, creating bibliographies, and pdf organizater. Tutorials and help are available through the Mendeley website.