Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Topic: Citing Sources

Citation Guides & Tools

General Citation Guides

Please note: Online citation guides and tools can be great resources to assist in your citation efforts. Remember, however, that they are not always error-free. The official handbooks for each citation style should be consulted if you have any questions.

Bibliographic Managers

Bibliographic management software allows you to organize and save your sources. The software allows you to create a reference list or bibliography from the citations you saved. Using bibliographic management software is beneficial for longer projects such as dissertations, theses, and research papers. 

USF Libraries suggests three bibliographic managers for student use:


Attention RefWorks Users

The Refworks citation management software will no longer be available after December 31, 2020.  This resource is currently funded through the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) and is not being renewed.  Other citation management software is available such as Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley and is supported by the USF Libraries with information provided in our Citation Software guides

No new Refworks user accounts will be accepted beginning August 1, 2020.  Current RefWorks users who would like to save their references are advised to export them by December 31, 2020. Users will have until January 31, 2021 to access their accounts for the purpose of exporting references, after which accounts will be permanently inaccessible. All attachments must be downloaded and reattached to references separately in another citation manager.  Information on how to export your references and migrate to another citation manager is provided in the USF Libraries Guide on Refworks from the tab Migrating to Another Citation Manager.  If you have questions about exporting your RefWorks references, please contact Susan Silver at or 813-974-9871.