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Plagiarism and Citation

This guide provides information on how to properly cite your sources and avoid plagiarism.

Quick Citation - ZoteroBib

Zotero Bib is a free service that will provide you with an automatically formatted citation and quick bibliography.

Who makes this?  This is a free and advertisement-free service provided by a non-profit organization that offers Zotero, a full-service citation manager.
What is the difference between Zotero Bib and Zotero? 
  • Zotero Bib offers a more limited set of options for citation building and does not require installation on a desktop or provide cloud storage.
  • Zotero is a much more robust citation manager that allows for long-term storage, organization, and sharing of citation libraries that requires desktop installation and cloud-based storage.
Why use this? If you need a quickly formatted citation or short bibliography for a paper or blog post, Zotero Bib is a very useful tool.
Does this allow annotation and editing?


  1. To add notes, more information, or edit errors in a citation, click on the citation on the screen.
  2. You will be presented with a large number of editable fields, including an "extra" notes field at the bottom.
How do you use Zotero Bib?
  1. Select your preferred citation style from the box below the search box.
    1. You can also switch between these after you have found your initial citation and automatically change your citation's style.
  2. Copy and paste an article, book, or other document's url, PMID, DOI, ISBN, or other identifier into the search box at the top.
  3. Scroll down to find all citations added during your session.
    1. These will stay in your browser cache until you clear it, so you will be able to see them when you visit this site. 
  4. Choose Export to export your complete bibliography from this session.

What is a Citation Manager?

Citation managers - also called reference managers or bibliographic management software - are programs that store and format scholarly references and citations. They are useful for keeping track of important articles or other works, for formatting citations correctly using a wide variety of citation styles including APA and AMA, and sometimes for sharing research between a group of users. 

Most will allow you to :

  • Store your selected citations and even articles
  • Create correctly formatted lists of citations in a variety of styles 
  • Double-check to be sure of formatting
  • Take notes on or about saved articles
  • Share your selected citations and articles with others