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Citation Manuals in Butler Library

Citation Manuals in Butler Library





Citation Tools


Mendeley is a reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.  Mendeley Desktop is free software and is installed on all computers in the library labs.


Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. You may also install Zotero Desktop and the Chrome Connector on your computer.

ZoteroBib  According to their website, ZoteroBib is a free service that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.


ProQuest's RefWorks allows researchers to gather, organize, read, and cite their research materials. It also makes it easy to collaborate with others on joint projects. ProQuest's Primo, the library's search tool,  links to RefWorks, but the college no longer has an institutional account, and new individual accounts cannot be created using the school's group code (though previously created accounts still work, in a limited capacity).


EndNote is a personal citation/bibliography desktop software program. EndNote helps researchers organize references in a database, which can be used to format citations and create bibliographies automatically in word processing software.  EndNote Basic, a free but limited web-based version, is available as an export option in the library's Primo All Search.

Preparing an Annotated Bibliography

How to prepare an annotated bibliography from Cornell University Library.

Annotated bibliography samples from Purdue Owl.

The Writing Center Buffalo State

Citation Tips and Tools for Google Docs

Hanging Indent

Using the Format Menu

You can highlight any text you want and follow these instructions to create a hanging indent.You can create a hanging indent using the Google Docs menu.

  1. Go to Format → Align & Indent → Indentation Options.
  2. You should now see a pop up with some indent options, one of which should be a Special with a drop down option for “Hanging.” 

Using the Document Ruler

  1. Select the text you want indented. You can select a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs at a time.

  2. On the ruler, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle) to the right as far as you want the text to be indented. As you will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle) will come along for the ride, and all your selected text will move to the right.

  3. Drag the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle) back to the left margin. It will move independently, and your hanging indent will be created.


Using the Google Docs Add-Ons for Citation Styles

Adding Add-Ons for Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides

  1. On your computer, open a document, spreadsheet, or presentation.

  2. Click Add-ons → Get add-ons.

  3. Point to an add-on to see a short description. To see a full description, click the add-on.

  4. To install the add-on, click Free.

  5. For most add-ons, a message will appear requesting access to data that the add-on needs to work. Read the message, then click Allow.

Citation Add-Ons for Google Docs

  • EasyBib Bibliography Creator
    Free add-on that works with EasyBib citation generator, but only has book, journal, and website option. Good if you are familiar with EasyBib, and more feature offered with the subscriptions.

  • Paperpile
    Free add-on that works with Paperpile service. They have a quick start guides available, and works well for basic citation.

  • F1000
    With the F1000 Google Docs add-on you can easily cite any references saved in F1000Workspace. You'll get smart citation suggestions and be able to search PubMed or the 170,000+ expert recommended articles in F1000Prime without leaving Google Docs. For an overview of our Google Docs add-on click here.

  • Proquest Refworks
    RefWorks for Google Docs lets RefWorks users add in-text and footnote citations to documents, auto-generating your bibliography as you write. More information about the Refworks add-on can be found here.


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