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Citing Sources: Zotero & Free Citation Tools

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Most databases include features that create citations for journal articles, books, ebooks, etc., to save or copy and paste into a bibliography, works cited or reference list. In addition to database citation tools, the library recommends Zotera as an easy-to-use citation management tool.

Always check the print style manual for complete citation formatting and punctuation.

Library Catalog Book Citation Tools

For an ORU book, use the "How do I Cite this?" link in the book record.

Library Catalog Cite Tool

If your book is not in the ORU library catalog, search and find the title in opens new windowWorldCat.org, then click the Cite/Export link and choose a citation style.

WorldCat Citation Tool

 

Article Citation Tools

Once you have found an item in a database, look for a "cite" or "citation" link. For example, in EBSCO databases (shown below), use the Cite link under the Tools menu, then select the citation from the available formats.

EBSCO cittion tool

Zotero and Free Citation Management Tools

Library Recommended Tool

opens new windowZotero - Free, easy-to-use tool; collect, organize, cite, and share sources. Works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. See the opens new windowZotero Quick Start Guide.

Other Reference Managers

opens new windowMendeley Reference Manager -  Free reference manager to help organize your research and collaborate with others online. Create a free account.

The following sites generate free citations with auto-fill mode that auto-completes and formats a citation. Several provide "Plagiarism and Grammar Check" and "Citation Guides." Manual entry modes are also available. Some offer a save option with login. Always check the citation for accuracy.

Compare EBSCO and ORU Graduate Theology Research & Writing Manual citation styles

View opens new windowarticle record for the example below.