Citation management

Citing your papers is an important part of the research process. It helps you situate yourself within the literature of your field and become part of the scholarly conversation!

However, citing your papers can also be a frustrating and time-consuming part of the research process. Citation management software can help you save time by streamlining the process of saving & organizing sources. Using a citation management tool can help you:

  • collect citations from online databases and library catalogues,
  • organize, edit, and search through the citations you've saved,
  • insert in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies into your papers as you write, and
  • create bibliographies in well-known styles like APA and MLA.

Some popular citation management software tools at OISE are RefWorks and Zotero. You can find more information and software options here:  

OISE Library Citation Resources:  

Other Citation Guidelines, Activities, and Demos:

Support with Zotero

Self-serve Zotero video workshop

Interested in learning the basics of saving, organizing, and generating citations using a free, open-source citation manager? Watch the video tutorial below and join an OISE Librarian to learn all the fundamentals you'll need to get started! 

Please note that we are only offering this workshop in asynchronous form for the Fall 2023 semester. This workshop runs for 1 hour 2 minutes. This video was recorded in September 2023.

Other helpful resources

If you have more questions about citation management, get in touch with us at or connect with us in person at one of our research service points.