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Use the tools here to collect and organize your sources, create citations and bibliographies, and avoid plagiarism


A free, easy to use tool to help you collect, organize, and cite your research. Includes:

  • Browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to help you save items with one click
  • Automatic downloading of PDFs and web pages
  • Word processor plugins to help you quickly create in-text citations and bibliographies in Word or Google docs.
  • Choice of citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, and more)
  • Feature that organizes multiple research projects in multiple folders
  • Automatic syncing across devices
  • Group libraries for sorting and sharing

Download Zotero now Questions? See our Zotero Research Guide  (here you can sign up to get personal assistance in setting up your Zotero account)



Zoterobib is a free service from Zotero to help you quickly and simply create bibliographies. ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles. There’s no software to install or account to create, and it works on any device, including tablets and phones.

To add an item to your bibliography, find it online and paste the URL into the ZoteroBib search box. You can also paste or type in an ISBN, DOI, PubMed ID, or arXiv ID, or you can search by title.

ZoteroBib will fetch the bibliographic info for the item and add it to your bibliography. ZoteroBib can import high-quality data from journal articles, books, newspaper and magazine articles, blog posts, webpages, and more.

When you’re done, a single click copies a formatted bibliography to the clipboard for pasting into your word processor, or you can generate a bibliography in HTML to add to a webpage. And, if you want to do more with the bibliography, you can easily save your data to Zotero or export it for loading into any other reference manager.



Other Resources

Style manuals



Use this free online free online citation generator. Just choose a style (MLA, APA, or Chicago are offered), plug in the information about your book or article or other source,and KnightCite will generate the appropriate citation. Also includes a plagiarism checker.

Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual of Style

The style guide, used by the history and philosophy classes at SMU, presents two basic documentation systems, notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and parenthetical citations–reference list style (or reference list style.

Excelsior Owl

Excelsior Owl

Your Online Writer’s Handbook and Style Guide. Includes examples of MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago citation styles, as well as links to style manuals for every discipline.

Get Citation Help from Library Databases

ProQuest, Gale Cengage, EBSCO, and CQ databases among others provide citation information based on a format of your choice while you are viewing a document or article. Just copy and paste the citation into your Works Cited List. Be sure to check to make sure the citation format matches the format prescribed by your instructor or style manual.

Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism as defined in your student handbook is “the presentation of someone else’s words, ideas or data as one’s own.” Plagiarism, fabrication, and abuse of internet sources will not be tolerated at Saint Mary’s University and will “result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including dismissal.” When you use the work of others in your papers, whether in direct quotation or as a recap of their ideas, you need to cite the the work and its author/creator in your Works Cited List or Bibliography as well as inside your paper in what is called a parenthetical citation.

Use the resources here to make sure you understand what is expected:


   You Tube   Watch a  Video  

The punishable perils of plagiarism by Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio

Talk to a Librarian

Librarians at the Research Desk have copies of various style manuals with citation examples on hand and can help you with all your citation questions.

Take a Quiz

Test yourself. How much do you know about plagiarism and academic dishonesty? No worries–scores are not recorded, and correct answers are provided after you try each question. From Villanova University.

Visit the SMU Writing Studio

In Room #17 of Hendrickson Center writing tutors are on hand to help with all aspects of your writing.