We all know the feeling. You’re exhausted, you’ve just written the final sentence of your paper and feelings of relief and accomplishment take over you. Then, you get the sinking feeling you’re forgetting something. You are: your bibliography!
But, don’t let your bibliography get you down, man. Put away that sixth energy drink for next week and instead use a citation manager that’ll help take the guesswork and stress out of creating a list of cited sources. We have more than a few to choose from depending on the type of research you’re conducting. This means easily citing traditional resources such as books and journal articles, as well as websites, images, interviews, videos and more. Each of the citation tools offer the standard citation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian); one or more even offer integration with Microsoft Word or other word processing software. And best of all, most of them are free.
- Choose the best citation manager for your project, using the grid that compares different citation tools. That way, you don’t get bogged down trying to learn a new tool if you don’t need to!
- Make sure you know what citation style your professor wants before starting your bibliography. While many will let you change halfway through, who wants to spend extra time on formatting if you can be napping?
- Guides and Tools for Citing Sources – the UT Libraries site for finding and learning about the best tool for your project.
- Understanding Citations video – Confused about citations in general? This video will walk you through the steps of how, when and why to cite.
- Online style guides and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles from Purdue University’s Writing Lab