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Welcome to the UM Citation Guide. Whether it is your favorite part of research or the bane of your existance, in academia citing your sources is essential. This guide will provide you information on different citation styles (APA, MLA, AMA, Chicago, Turabian) and citation management systems (EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero).

Why cite?

  • Give proper credit
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Helps readers find resources you used
  • Prove you have done extensive research



Citation styles vary and have their own format and rules. It is important when using citation generators or citation managers that you check for accuracy because both can make mistakes. The guides below are excellant resources to check the formatting of your citations and cover APA Style, MLA Style, AMA Style, Chicago Style, and Turabian Style.

APA Style 7th Edition

MLA Style 9th Edition

AMA Style 11th Edition

Chicago Style 17th Edition

Turabian Style 9th Edition

What is a Citation Management System?

Managing citations for papers can take a lot of time and effort. Citation Management Systems save you time by storing, organizing, and compliling your citations. There are different citation management systems to choose from and you can compare the different managers to pick the right one for you. At UM the four major citation managers are EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero.

just a few highlights...


  • Subscription through UM
  • Client- based (access thorugh your computer)
  • Online version available


  • Subscription through UM
  • Cloud-based
  • Desktop and mobile versions available


  • Subscription through UM
  • Web-based


  • Free
  • Web and Desktop versions availale
Always check!
Citation Management Systems are not always accurate so check your citations.
Need Help? Email the contacts below.
EndNote: Saily Marrero or Kelsa Bartley
Zotero: Erica Newcome
RefWorks: AskALibrarian
Mendeley: Jorge Perez
Comparing Guides
Comparison of reference management software
Wikipedia tables comparing popular reference managemenet softwares.
Managing your references: Choosing a Reference Manager
Oxford University Library created tables comparing reference managers RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.

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