Keys to Success
- Use a digital tool to easily organize your sources.
- When you download sources, save them into folders that have helpful names.
- Double-check generated citations for the right format because they sometimes have mistakes.
Highlighted Resources: RefWorks There are a lot of great tools out there to organize your articles and sources. Through the BYU Library, you have access to one called RefWorks (You can also find other tools at the bottom of this webpage). Click the buttons below to learn how to sign up for and use RefWorks.
More Resources Click on each resource below to learn more about how to effectively make and store citations. You probably won’t end up using each of these resources, but choose the ones that you find the most useful.
Toggle ItemCheck your citation format with Purdue OWL
If you use a website to automatically generate a citation, it is important to double-check the citation and correct any mistakes. Use the following MLA and APA formatting and style guides to double-check your citations. These guides also provide information on how to correctly write an in-text citation.
Toggle ItemManage citations with Zotero
Zotero is another free digital tool to organize your citations. You can add the Zotero Chrome extension to your browser or download the Zotero desktop application. Watch the following video to better understand what Zotero is.
Here are some helpful videos to help you get started using Zotero.
Toggle ItemManage citations with Mendeley
Toggle ItemManage citations with PowerNotes
Powernotes allows you to capture quotes from the sources you find and organize them into topics. While not as strong in citations, it is helpful when you want to efficiently collect and organize ideas as you do your research. See how it works below.