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English Distinguished Majors Program

A guide to conducting research for students in the UVA English Dept. Distinguished Majors Program

Style Manuals & Citation Help

MLA style is a popular citation style for English language and literature, but it is not the only one. Some professors (or publishers, if you are writing an article to be published) may prefer a different style, such as Chicago style, so always check before you format and submit your work. 

What is a Citation Manager?

Citation management software can be a useful tool for anyone doing research. A  citation manager like Zotero allows you to:

  • Create bibliographies quickly and automatically format in-text citations with word processing software (Word, Google Docs, Open Office).
  • Collect citations as you research, and save them in a personal account.
  • Add citations automatically from UVA's Library's Virgo catalog and databases without having to cut and paste or retype the information.
  • Annotate citations and link them to full-text documents.
  • Organize citations into folders.

More information on Zotero is below. If you would like help learning how to use Zotero, contact Sherri (slb4kt@virginia.edu) or click here for a list of upcoming workshops on how to use this citation management tool. 

Zotero

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Zotero

How it works: 

  • Desktop download and browser plugin. Citations are saved on your computer and to the Zotero server, and may be synced across devices.

How to get it:

  • Download at https://www.zotero.org/download/.  Options to download Zotero for your computer (Windows, macOS, Linux), and plugins to connect Zotero to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari or add a bookmarklet that works in any browser. 

Strengths:

  • Easy to access and use from your desktop and either Chrome, Safari, or Firefox; importing citations can be accomplished with one click. 
  • Share citations with other users and the public using the Groups feature.
  • Excellent for capturing information about web resources.  Allows you to save and annotate websites.
  • You can save attachments to Zotero’s server or your personal computer.

Weaknesses:

  • Use on more than one computer requires syncing; not designed for use on public or shared computers.  

How to get help: