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Citing Resources: Citation Generators & Managers

April 2020

Citation Generators

The AUL catalog and most databases have built-in citation generators providing APA, Chicago, and MLA styles.

Look for a "Cite" or "Citation" button: 

Other ways to capture, organize, and use citations are through dedicated software, apps, and browser extensions. See resources for RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley below.

When using an automatic citation generator, it's good practice to double-check that the citation contains all elements called for by the style guide. Questions? Ask us!



RefWorks is a web-based document and citation management tool.

  • Add documents and citations from databases and the web
  • Organize and annotate documents and citations 
  • Add citations and reference lists in MS Word, in any style

To sign up for free with an Air Force ( or email address:

  1. Go to RefWorks and login with your library login (if prompted) 
  2. Click on 'Create Account' and use your Air Force email address
  3. Follow the remaining instructions to create a RefWorks password and start using RefWorks

If you are an Air University student or faculty member without an "" or "" email address, please contact AU Library at 334-953-2888 or Ask AU Library

Learn RefWorks on YouTube!

RefWorks YouTube Channel

Learn more about RefWorks from the ProQuest user guides


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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research. 

You can also save items to your Zotero library using a browser plugin. The Zotero Connector works with all desktop browsers and most mobile browsers (including Safari for iPad and the Android browser)

Visit the Zotero Connectors page for installation instructions for your particular browser or device. A free Zotero account is required. 


Mendeley Reference Manager

Build a personal library to organize, search and read all your references. Mendeley Notebook helps you collate all your highlights and notes from multiple PDFs.

Mendeley Cite add-in

Seamlessly insert references and bibliographies into your document using a citation add-in for Microsoft® Word.


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