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Women's History: Citing Your Sources

Use this guide to learn more about researching women's history.

Citation Management Programs

Citation management programs  allow  you to build personal research libraries, generate citations and bibliographies, and much more.

How do citation management programs help?

  • Collect citations from online databases and library catalogs
  • Organize, edit, and search through the citations you've saved
  • Insert in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies into your Word document
  • Create bibliographies in well-known styles like APA, Vancouver, and even specific journal styles like Nature
  • Share your citations and collaborate with colleagues on projects

What are citation management programs NOT able to do?

These programs will not always create a perfect bibliography or reference list. For example, you will still have to know APA, MLA, or Chicago and check over your results. It will not correct errors or omissions that were in the database from which you retrieved references. It will not always know what type of material you are putting into it from a database (e.g. it cannot always distinguish a proceeding from a book).

Sarah Lawrence College Library currently supports Mendeley and Zotero for citation management. Both tools offer robust features for organizing your research and are free. 

Zotero Vs. Mendeley

  Zotero Mendeley
Cost and  License

Free and Open Source 

As an open-source tool, Zotero is free in two senses of the word: you don’t need to pay to use it, and you are guaranteed complete ownership over your research materials and data.

Free and Proprietary 

Mendeley is free though as a proprietary company there is no guarantee that it will stay this way. Mendeley requires users to be logged in, so if their owners decided to stop supporting their software, or even if their services were down temporarily, you would be unable to open your library.

Platform/Operating Systems

Mac, Windows, Linux, and Web Version

Zotero is primarily a program that runs on your desktop computer. If you choose to create an account and sync your data, you’ll also have access to your web library on However, while the web library allows you to view and edit your data and access synced files, for full functionality you’ll want to install Zotero on each synced computer.

Zotero does not have a mobile app.

Windows, Mac*, Mobile App, and Web Version

You can access Mendeley on any computer through the desktop client, web browser, or using your mobile app. Your library is backed up in the cloud when you sync and is always available to you.

* While Mendeley offers an Mac version, it is optimized for Windows which can lead to issues for Mac users.

Word Processor Integration Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice Microsoft Word
Advanced Features

Web Clipper (Chrome & Firefox) & Custom Plugins

Zotero's webclipper has an unmatched ability to save high-quality publication data from websites, journal articles, newspapers, and more, or to retrieve publication data for PDFs you drag in.  It is ideal for researchers working with unconventional formats like archival materials, government documents, and law.

Beyond Zotero’s own features, a plugin system allows outside developers to add advanced functionality to Zotero, such as pdf annotation. 

Web Clipper (Chrome), PDF Annotation & Social Networking 

Mendeley's webclipper imports materials from Chrome to your Mendeley Library.  Mendeley is also well known for its native PDF annotation which allows users to highlight their research materials and export summaries of notes. 



Citing Primary Sources (Library of Congress)

The Library of Congress has put together a useful guide to citing primary sources in various formats.  Visit their guide here.   

Learn More

Learn about Other Citation Styles and More

What is Plagiarism?

  • failure to properly cite sources
  • submitting under a student’s own name work that is not entirely theirs
  • falsification of information, data, or attributions
  • submitting the same work for more than one class, within the same or different semesters, without the express permission of all faculty involved


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