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Citing Sources

Tools to Manage Your References

refworks logo​RefWorks

RefWorks is an online reference manager brought to you by the Library. 

Create your own personal database of references which are correctly formatted in any citation style you choose: APA, MLA, and hundreds more. Insert citations into your research papers and automatically create the bibliography.

Start by creating an account using your USF email address.

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Generate bibliographies and organize PDFs with this free, open source citation management tool. 

Visit to download Zotero and set up an account. Loyola Marymount University has created some great video tutorials on how to get started with the standalone version of Zotero on PC and how to integrate Zotero with your word processor. View this tutorial for getting started with Zotero on a Mac.

endnote logo​EndNote

Robust, multi-platform citation management software that allows you to sync across 3 different devices per license. 

EndNote is not free, but students, staff and faculty can purchase the discounted academic version. In addition to technical support, EndNote offers extensive training videos, guides and webinars. EndNote can also be downloaded for a free 30 day trial.

Guides to Citing Your References

Purdue Owl logoExcelsior Owl

The Excelsior College Online Writing Lab provides an overview of APA, MLA and Chicago citation styles.


Purdue Owl

Popular style guide web site is the OWL from Purdue University. 

Start from their Research and Citation Resources main page, or go directly to their sections for citing in:

Check their left-hand menu to see all types of citation examples.

The Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is now available online, with state-of-the-art recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices in the digital age.

AMA Manual of Style

The AMA Manual of Style is a must-have guide for anyone involved in medical and scientific publishing.

Government Information

Citing Government Information

Style Books in the Library