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Child and Youth Care: Citation Management

Why Cite

When writing a research paper you will use a wide variety of resources.  You are required to cite your sources for two main reasons:

  1. To give credit to the creator of the original idea.  By citing you will avoid any charges of plagiarism.
  2. To enable readers of your paper to be able to find the resources you have used and consult them to read further on the topic.

For more information, check Why We Cite and How to Avoid Plagiarism.

APA Style

Style and Formatting Help

APA Style from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

APA Style Formatting from Student Learning Support (Ryerson University)

APA Style Simplified (E-Book)

APA FAQ (APA Style Blog)

Quick Help

Citing sources in the body of your essay

In-Text Citations (Authors)
In-Text Citations (Websites)

Creating a Reference List/Bibliography

Books

Electronic sources (Online Articles, E-books, Websites)

Other non-print sources (Email, Movies, Interviews)

APA Style Guide (Official Copy)

The Library has multiple copies of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). It is available at the following locations:

  • Reserve (2nd floor Check-out desk). Two copies are available to be checked out for 2 hours.
  • 6th floor. Four copies are available for regular loan period.

The call number is: BF76.7 .P82 2010

Concise Edition

Concise Rules of APA Style, is the official short and easy-to-use version and is also available for 2 hour loans.

  • Reserve (2nd floor Check-out desk). Call number  BF76.7 .C66 2010

Citation Managers

What's the best citation management software for me?

So how do you pick the best citation management software for you? There are many factors to consider. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, you might be looking for the fastest and easiest option—something with a short learning curve, which lets you grab citations and produce bibliographies in a snap. Oh, and let's not forget: it needs to be free or cheap.

If you're a graduate student or a faculty member, you might have different considerations: the software needs to work well with the databases you use frequently, it must be able to organize and filter a large number of citations, and it should be able to produce a bibliography in the primary style used in your discipline. If you're working on a research team, you'll also want to make sure the software allows you to collaborate with your colleagues smoothly.

U of T has created this guide comparison chart below to help you examine the different features available and figure out the best option for you.  We've adapted it slightly to reflect Ryerson's resources.

 

Comparison Chart

 

 

Zotero

  • Free and open source
  • Grab citations as you browse using Firefox, Chrome, orSafari plugin
  • Backup and sync on multiple devices via online account
  • Plugins for Word & LibreOffice
  • Third party mobile apps available

Create account

Download

Help guide

 

 

Mendeley

 

  • Free for everyone
  • Desktop interface for Windows, Mac, or Linux, and iOS app
  • Backup and sync on multiple devices via online account
  • Save and annotate PDFs

Create account

Download

Help guide

 

EndNote Web

 

  • Free web version
  • Plugin available for IE & Firefox
  • Plugin available for Word
  • Well integrated with Web of Science, but can be used with all databases

 Create an Account

Help guide

 

          

... and more!

Adapted from University of Toronto Libraries Citation Management