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Humanities Lab: Narrating Global Development

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Citation Management Tools

What are citation managers and generators?

Citation managers save and organize your references more efficiently, especially for longer projects. Use a citation manager to automatically create citations or lists of references (bibliographies) in different citation styles, insert citations into your paper, share your research, and collaborate in groups. You should always check all citation elements for missing or erroneous parts.

ASU Library supports three citation managers: 

By contrast, citation generators create or generate individual citations in a specific style such as APA for immediate use.  

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

AMA (American Medical Association) Style

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Citation styles change over time; the advent of the Internet and the increasing number at material types (e.g. web pages, e-journals etc.) have contributed to some of these changes. When using a specific citation style be sure to use a resource (e.g. style manual or website) that reflects the current edition.

Print copies of the most current edition are available in the following ASU Library locations:

Design Reference Downtown Reference 
Hayden Reference   Music Reference
Polytechnic Reference Noble Reference
West (Fletcher) Reference High Density Storage Collection


This manual "is the association's guide for graduate students, scholars, and professional writers. It offers complete guidance on writing and documenting scholarly texts, submitting them for peer review, and preparing them for publication. There is also a chapter that "addresses the special requirements for submitting theses and dissertations".

Print copies of the most current edition are available in the following ASU Library locations:

Downtown Reserve Hayden Stacks
Law Reference Polytechnic Reference
Thunderbird Reference Thunderbird Stacks
West (Fletcher) Reference  

To locate additional unofficial guides on MLA Style not published by the MLA search the ASU Library's Catalog using a keyword search 'MLA Style'. Be careful to select a title discussing the most current edition of MLA Style.

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