Citing Sources

For your bibliography, you will need to include information about the sources you have used for researching your paper.  Use this research guide on citing sources to view examples from different style manuals of formats for sources.  You should check with your professor about what style is required for the class.  

The library also offers a resource to help you manage your citations - RefWorks.

RefWorks is a web-based citation management service. You can: access RefWorks from any computer with Internet access (on and off campus); create a personal database online; import references from multiple databases; organize and manage references; share references; and format bibliographies and manuscripts.

To get you started, please review the following links.

If you are using the "legacy" or older version of RefWorks

If you are using the older version of RefWorks, then use the guides below. The library would like to encourage you to move to the new version of RefWorks. 

  • RefWorks quickstart guide
  • RefWorks FAQ
  • List of databases that are compatible with RefWorks.
  • Links to download Write-N-Cite and RefGrab-It are in the Tools section of your RefWorks account.
  • Log in to RefWorks

If you are off campus, you need to enter FSU's group code first before creating your account or logging into your account. To get your FSU group code please contact the Reference Desk at (508) 626-4654 or email

Using the New Version of RefWorks

If you do not have an account and would like to create an account on the new RefWorks, you can create an account here. Those that are using the older version can switch to the newer version from the older account site.

Learn to use the new RefWorks account:

Please do not hesitate to contact the Reference Librarians at (508) 626-4654 if you have any questions.

Zotero is a free, open source, and easy to use tool for collecting, organizing, citing, and sharing your research sources. Zotero functions as a stand-alone application on your computer. You can also create an online account to view your library online. 

Zotero works with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Unfortunately, Zotero does not work with Internet Explorer.

For more information about Zotero, you can see our Zotero Research Guide

For questions on fair use and copyright, refer to the research guide for faculty.