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Graduate Social Work Program: Citing

Welcome to the Social Work LibGuide. This guide highlights sources related to Social Work. In addition to the sources, students, faculty and staff should check the Online Catalog.

Quick Citation Creators

JSTOR's "Cite this Item" Tool (Library Database) 

EBSCOhost's "Cite" Tool (Library Databases)

Citation Machine

This helps format sources to go into a reference list, but it does not allow researchers to organize their sources in one area. 


Citation and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citation styles and more. 

Understanding Citations

Understanding Citations & Reference Lists

Reference Managers


  • Free, open-source
  • Firefox browser add-on or standalone
  • Easy to learn
  • Store PDFs
  • Highlight text and take notes
  • Tag records
  • MS Word plug-in


Zotero Homepage

  • Free
  • Easy to learn
  • Manage PDFs / Extract citation info from PDFs
  • See what others are reading and citing

Microsoft Word

There are templates for papers and options to automatically format bibliographies. The bibliography option allows writers to insert references within the text of the paper by easily selecting the source. 

Why Cite?