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History 492C: Historiography and Methodology

A course guide. Describes library resources for conducting historical research.

Managing Your Sources

With citation management tools, you can store and organize citations downloaded directly from the online library catalog and most Library databases.  We recommend Zotero, which is free and works with the Firefox web browser. 

Go directly to Zotero




Zotero was developed by historians to support historical research. Flexible software allows you to take snapshots of web pages, and to organize your notes along with your sources. Is not web-based, meaning that you can get access to your files only on your own PC, whether or not you are online.   Zotero software and all of the files are located on your hard drive. A special plug-in allows you to insert formatted footnotes and bibliographies into MS Word.

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