Which is best? That completely depends on your needs and preferences. They are generally the same, but with different nuances and interfaces.
Regent's search system can instantly export sources to RefWorks and a few other programs. Click on the three dots next to a source to see the options:
A comparison of citation management tools is available on WIkipedia. Otherwise, view tutorials or test managers to see which you like best.
Always check that a manager is using the most current edition of your style.
Citations generated by managers are not always correct. Double check them!
For example, check capitalization, the order of items in the citation, and that the author was not confused with the editor.
1. Cite as You Search
Our search tool, Primo, and most of our databases will give you a formatted citation for a source if you click on "Cite" or the quotation mark icon.
2. Style Manuals & Official Websites for Your Style
Go right to the official sources for citation format. Click on the blue button to the left to see the e-books, websites, and books you have access to for MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian.
3. RefWorks: Get a Free Premium Account
Regent subscribes to RefWorks premium for you! You can start an account and import, upload, or enter info for all your sources, then make a bibliography instantly and copy it into a Word Document. You can take your account with you when you graduate, so you never lose track of your sources!
To sign up for RefWorks, just use your normal Regent username, but create a special password just for RefWorks. You can always access RefWorks through your Primo library account (click your name in the upper right).
4. Grammarly Citations for Websites
Did you know that Grammarly, an "add-on" for your internet browser, will format citations for some web pages (along with checking spelling & grammar)?
It is recommended that you use RefWorks, a Regent-provided free account that stores your sources and forms bibliographies in your format. You can also export sources from Primo to RefWorks. Here are some other options (below).
These links go the official help and training sections of each citation management tool's respective website.
For more help, look for online how-to videos and documentation (particularly on YouTube).
Every manager has a way to export its files or import new files. Search either the manager's website or the web to learn how to conduct the process. Make sure you know which file types your new manager can 'read' so you select the right format when you export from the old manager.
Contact the writing tutors at Regent's Academic Coaching
You can also ask your professors about formatting unusual sources!