Library Tools

Citation and Bibliographic Management Tools


RefWorks — an online research management, writing and collaboration tool — is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.


Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a journal article from PsychInfo, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.

Store anything! Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes.

Download a Zotero tutorial created by our librarians.

Tutorials and Help for Students

Research and Writing

Formatting in Microsoft Word for APA Guide to the Critical Paper

Guidelines for Library Instruction

Here are a few suggestions to make sure that the library session goes smoothly and that your students learn the skills they need.

It is strongly recommended, though not required, that the instructor requests the library session(s) at least two weeks in advance by emailing a librarian. This allows librarians enough time to prepare for your session.

Provide detailed information regarding what you want your students to know and/or be able to do upon the completion of the instruction session(s).

Collaborate with the librarian in designing a session that will best meet your and your students’ needs.

Consider the amount of time you are able to provide for library instruction when determining the content you want covered. Students typically have a better experience and learn more when less is covered in depth than when too much is attempted in a short time. If you are unsure about how much time is needed to cover your content, consult with the librarian. When necessary, we are happy to conduct multiple sessions.

Determine the best possible time in the quarter to schedule your library instruction session. The beginning of the semester is not always the best time for library instruction. Often it is best to bring students in for instruction after they have research topics and/or specific assignments.

Work with the librarian to assess student learning. All feedback and assessment are used to improve the quality of our information literacy curriculum and instruction.

It is recommended that instructors join the librarian for the library instruction session. Research shows that students pay more attention when their instructor is present.

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