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Begin My Research: Next Steps

Starting points for students who are new to college-level research and/or just don’t know where to begin a newly assigned research project.

Personalized Help Is Available


If you need help with your research (including writing citations) or creating a final (digital) project, sign up for a one-on-one Research Consultation with a reference librarian or technology expert who can help guide you through your assignments.

Starting to Cite? Never Too Early!

Citation Management With Zotero

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Zotero is a Firefox and Chrome extension that allows you to easily keep track of your sources—books, articles, webpages, etc. It will also create citations and a works cited section for your paper.

With many different citation styles included, and the ability to share your information from one computer to another, Zotero can make citing your sources and creating bibliographies much easier.

For lots more information, see Milne Library's Zotero guide.

PDF and Citation Management With Mendeley

Mendeley logoMendeley is a desktop application for PC and MAC that helps you manage PDFs on your computer.  Information in the desktop app is also synced to the Mendeley website and the Mendeley mobile app.

Mendeley works with Miscrosoft Word and Open Office to create in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies in thousands of different citation styles.

For lots more information, see Milne Library's Mendeley guide.