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Rhetoric and Composition

A guide to resources for faculty and students in the Rhetoric and Composition program in the English department.

Citation Guide

Citation Management

Citation management programs are handy tools.  You can:

  • gather and save citations from the catalog, databases and other sources
  • in some cases, save PDFs and other files
  • create bibliographies with one or two clicks

There are a variety of citation management programs available, some free and some with a fee.  Here are two recommendations:


  • Free for everyone
  • Pull citations from most library resources as well as websites, blogs and other resources
  • Saves PDFs and website screenshots automatically where available
  • Organize citations into folders and subfolders
  • Create bibliographies in hundreds of formats
  • Share lists of citations with a group or with the world using group libraries 

Although Zotero includes an online account, full functionality is only available when it is installed on your computer with a browser plugin.  Zotero is recommended for those who work primarily on their own computers.

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