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Social Justice and Human Rights

This guide is designed to support students in the Social Justice and Human Rights Master's Degree program. It includes resources for research both local and global issues.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools are applications used to save and organize your references in a personal database. Using your database of references, you can create citations or lists of references (bibliographies) according to different citation styles, and much more: you can share your research and collaborate with others.

If all you are interested in is generating citations for immediate use (that is, you don't plan to save/ organize your references), please use the following guide section: Citations Generating Tools.

If you are looking for a tool to manage your references, you have many options to chose from. Choosing the right one depends on your discipline and personal preferences. Some people prefer their personal database accessible from anywhere, while being able to work offline is a priority of others. Comparing some of the more popular citation managers according to these needs may be helpful - see the chart below.

 I need to… Consider Using Additional Information
Access my database online from anywhere RefWorks
EndNote Web

RefWorks and EndNote Web are available to ASU affiliates;  the other tools are freely available on the web.
Access my database offline (i.e., when traveling) EndNote

These applications have a desktop version that synchronizes with the online one.
Collaborate with others at ASU RefWorks
Sharing RefWorks folders with colleagues at ASU is easy. You can also collaborate with RefWorks subscribers outside of ASU.
Collaborate with others everywhere
EndNote Web (subscribers only)
Mendeley and Zotero are freely available on the web; EndNote Web is available to institutional Web of Knowledge subscribers.
Insert in-text citations in Word  documents
You need to download and install the plugin.

Insert in-text citations in OpenOffice documents

You need to download and install the plugin.
Insert in-text citations in Google Docs
Zotero works well with other Google tools as well.

Annotate my PDFs
Mendeley You can add notes to references in RefWorks, Zotero, and EndNote.

Search within my references (OCR for PDF files)

Use screen and webpage captures

Move a large body of PDF files into a citation manager



How to Use RefWorks

RefWorks (, a licensed web-based bibliography and database manager, allows users to create their own personal citation/abstract database by importing citations from online databases, the ASU catalog, or text files.

Signing up

To use RefWorks, users must sign up for an individual account. First,
log in to ASU. You will be directed to the RefWorks page, where you sign up for individual account at the top of the gray column on the left hand side.  

Creating Folders

 Everyone affiliated with ASU (faculty, students and staff) can use RefWorks. Users may have many RefWorks accounts, but it is advised to create folders and name them for a specific ongoing project. Go to New Folder.

Importing citations into RefWorks  

Visit the following websites to import to RefWorks:

When importing into RefWorks from ASU Library databases, a Get It @ ASU sign will appear with the record, which will allow users to locate the article.

For more information about RefWorks, visit

Managing RefWorks and Creating Bibliography


When users export articles from indexes owned by the ASU Library, the citations will appear in the Last Imported folder. Check the records and put them in the appropriate folder by using the Folders command on the top of the screen.

To create bibliography, take the following steps:

  1. Click on Bibliography on the top gray bar.
  2. Choose the style under the Output Style (e.g., APA – American Psychological Association, 5th Edition).
  3. Choose the format of the document (e.g., HTML, Word) using the dropdown menus under File Type to Create
  4. Choose the folder you want from the dropdown menus under Include to create bibliography.
  5. Click on Create Bibliography.

Note: If you choose Word format, the file will appear at the bottom of your computer.

ASU Library offers RefWorks sessions (Basic and Advanced). Click here for the schedule.

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