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APA Citation Guide (6th Edition): Citation Managers

This research guide is based on the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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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 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. Seneca Libraries recommend that all citations should be checked for accuracy using either the MLA or APA citation format.

Choosing a Citation Manager