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APA Citation Guide (APA 7th Edition): Citation Software

Does the OCC Library support any one particular reference management software (e.g. RefWorks, Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)?

Does the OCC Library support any one particular reference management software (e.g. RefWorks, Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)?


OCC does not provide access to any of the proprietary citation management tools (e.g. EndNote, RefWorks).

Of the free citation managers that are available (e.g. Zotero, Mendeley) we encourage you to choose whichever one best meets your personal criteria.

The OCC Library does not officially support any of the software products but each software provides a variety of help and support tools on their sites. 

Citation Software Comparisons

Citation Software Products

 Please be aware that automatically generated citations may not provide accurate results. If you choose to use a citation software product, take the time to make the necessary corrections using the OCC Library MLA or APA online citation guides. Remember: It is your responsibility to double-check the results!


Citation Managers

 Here are a selection of popular free and paid citation management software products.

Free Fee-based

Zotero Logo


Quick Start Guide









Citation Generators

Here are a selection of popular citation generators

Database Cite Tools (InfoTrac, EBSCO, etc.)

Example: Ebsco databases

Location of EBSCO Cite Button

Free Online Generators


Microsoft Office


Citation Software Defined

Citation software can go by many names: citation managers, citation generators, reference management software, bibliographic management tools, etc. While the name may vary, they do have some common elements including the main function of collecting and organizing citations. Most of these software packages also allow for the creation of works cited or references lists in a variety of formats and styles. The ability to integrate with word processing software is a key feature of many of the more popular citation software.

What are citation generators?

Citation generators are tools that automatically create citations for your research materials.

What are citation managers?

Citation managers not only generate citations automatically, but also helps you collect, organize, store and often share your research materials.

Are citation software products free?

A multitude of citation software exists including free and paid options. RefWorks and EndNote are popular retail citation software in use at colleges and universities. Some popular free software include Zotero and Mendeley. Note, while these latter are free, they do offer additional features and/or storage for a fee.

Are the citations created by citation software accurate?

As these tools are becoming more popular it is important to note that they have limitations and should not be used in isolation. OCC Library recommends that all citations should be checked for accuracy using either the MLA or APA citation format.