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How to Do Things With Words: Creating Citations

Database and Catalog Tools

Look for ways to export citations for your works cited page within databases and catalogs. Often, these options will appear under a tools menu. Below are examples of where to find citation export functions in a few popular sources.

EBSCOhost databases:


Gale databases:


BELCAT (library catalog):


Citation Formats

Ask the library staff at the reference desk for help and check to see if your instructor requires one of these formats.

AAA - American Anthropological Association
APSA - American Political Science Association
APA - American Psychological Association
ASA - American Sociology Association
CBE - Council of Biology Editors
MLA - Modern Language Association
SAA - Society for American Archaeology
USGS - U.S. Geological


Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.