As you search and find resources for your paper, keeping everything organized can be a challenge. A citation manager is a software tool that will help you keep track of all the materials you’ve found. Once you’ve set up a citation manager, you can add articles and other resources with a single click. In addition, when it’s time to write your paper, the citation manager will help you format your citations in APA style.
Citation managers are tools that help you keep track of the sources you want to use in your paper and create draft citations for those sources. Using a citation manager can help you keep track of the sources you find and use. Every citation manager is different, so look at the features of each one to decide which one best fits your needs.
These are the most popular citation managers:
When choosing which citation manager to use, consider the following questions:
Every citation manager is different, but there are a few features that are common to most citation managers you might use. Watch the video or read the instructions below to learn the basics of how to use these features.
Here are some common functions of citation managers that can help you keep track of your sources and create citations.
At the core of every citation manager is the place where you keep your list of items; this is usually called your library. There are several ways to save items to your library, but the easiest way is to install your citation manager’s browser extension (there will be instructions on how to do this on your citation manager’s website). This extension will add a button to your browser.
To add items using a browser extension:
When you save an item into your library, it may or may not include the full text. Your citation manager will try to save the full text, if it’s available on the page, when you click the browser button. If this doesn’t work, you can save the full text onto your computer and then attach it to the item in your library. Attaching the full text in your citation manager will make it easy for you to read the article again.
Once you have some items in your library, you’ll want to keep things organized so you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for easily. You may want to organize your library based on different themes of a topic or based on different assignments you’re working on. Most citation managers offer the following options for staying organized:
If you’re working on a group assignment, using a citation manager makes sharing resources with your teammates easy.
To use a group library:
Once you’re ready to start writing your paper, a citation manager can help format your citations. Here’s how to add your citations and references into your documents in the following software: