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iLearn Workshops @ UAlbany Libraries

Introduction to Zotero - This hands-on workshop will cover installing Zotero, adding and organizing citations, and creating a bibliography

  • Wednesday, February 11 at 3:00 in B48

Introduction to EndNote - This hands-on workshop will cover building and managing an EndNote library of references and creating a bibliography and in-text citations. 

  • Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 in B16


Register here.


Workshops at the Dewey Graduate Library


Choosing a Citation Tool

If you are looking for help citing sources, creating bibliographies, and organizing your research, there are many tools to choose from.  Citation tools fall into two basic categories: citation management software and citation generators. 

Citation management software programs allow you to create and organize a personal library of references and articles, format citations for a bibliography in various citation styles, and sometimes share and collaborate with others.  Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, and EndNote Web are all examples of citation management software, and are mostly used by researchers.  For help deciding which citation management software best suits your needs, see this comparison from UW-Madison Libraries and this comparison from Penn State University Libraries.  Zotero and Mendeley are both free, and the University at Albany provides access to EndNote and EndNote Web.

Citation generators are websites or mobile apps that automatically format citations and bibliographies. Users select a type of source to be cited, such as a book, enter the book title, and the citation generator retrieves the required data and creates the citation data.  Citation generators are useful for undergraduates who need to create bibliographies when writing papers.  Many are free and others are inexpensive.  See our list of recommended citation generators, and common errors to avoid.

Citation Fox

  • Citation Fox - APA
    CitationFox is intended to help with the construction of citations in APA style. CitationFox contains templates and examples for citing different resource types. There is also a Citation Fox-MLA version.


Confused about when and why to cite sources? See the guide and tutorial below.  


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