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OASIS Writing Skills

Reference List:
Using Citation Management Software

This guide includes instructional pages on reference list entries in APA style.

Citation Management Software

Many students use citation management programs (i.e., Zotero), library databases that export reference entries, and APA software programs (i.e., EndNote). These programs can be helpful shortcuts in organizing research, but keep in mind that the program’s formatting is often imperfect when used for your references list.

APA has nuanced rules and formatting that computer programs may not recognize. Students using these tools should review their references carefully to ensure the details are in place.

The Writing Center does not use any of these programs, so we are unable to give recommendations. However, you may find the Library’s information about Zotero helpful. Additionally, try asking your classmates for their suggestions. 

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