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SAGE Research Methods Database: Citation Information

How to Read a Citation

A citation (or reference) is a short, multi-part description of a source.  A good citation will lead the reader to the source.  For more information, take a look at the Library's Research Guide on Citation Styles



RefWorks is an online citation and document manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. Use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds. Create an account with your MTSU email address.

Visit the RefWorks Research Guide for help, tips, and video tutorials.

Free Citation Managers

Citation managers are software programs or browser tools that allow you to collect and organize citations to books, articles, or other materials that you have used in your research. These tools make it easy to "cite while you write" by allowing you to insert citations into your writing.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.


Zotero is a is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.



Writing Center

The Writing Center is located in Walker Library, room 362.  Visit or call 904.8237 to schedule an appointment.