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Education Policy, Organization and Leadership 410: Racial and Ethnic Families: Citation Management

A Guide to Library Resources for Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership 410 (AFRO 421, EPS 421, and HDFS 424)

APA Style

APA style is a standard for formatting papers and citing sources that is set out by the American Psychological Association. It is frequently used in education. It covers:

  • Citing sources within the text of a paper
  • Formatting a paper (capitalization, headings, etc)
  • Creating a reference list of cited works at the end of a paper

What Do Citation Management Tools Do?

At their most basic, citation management tools allow you to:

  • Collect lists of articles, books, webpages (and lots more) for use in research
  • Format and create bibliographies using a particular citation style, to export into a research document

More advanced tools also allow you to:

  • Link to the source materials
  • Store the source materials
  • Insert in-text citations and bibliography entries while writing in Microsoft Word 
  • Collaborate with others

For more information on citation managers like Zotero, Mendeley, Endnote, and more see our Citation Management LibGuide:

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