Library resources 101

This guide provides information on using reference tools at the University of Ottawa.


Helpful resources

What is a citation style?

It is important to document every quotation, paraphrase and idea. There is no single correct form, but it is essential that consistency be observed in all entries.

Different disciplines use their own systems to display information about sources. Professors may recommend different styles.

Always ask your professor which style guide is required.

Looking for citation management software help? Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote help here.

A quick way to create a bibliography!


EndNote Web is the web version of EndNote software. Records from EndNote Web can be exported to a purchased EndNote software database.


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.


Mendeley is a free online service to index and organize your PDF documents, collaborate and share information via shared and public collections.