Zotero Citation Software

Below you will find a variety of resources for organization and citation.


Zotero is a free, open source citation tool developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media at George Mason University. It’s been funded by the Mellon and Sloan foundations, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Download Zotero 
Organize and save your sources, return to them quickly, create bibleographies and works cited, organize group projects, and do in text citations. 

ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. 

Word processor plug-ins for Zotero

YouTube video about adding in text citations 

  MLA Style Guide

MLA Handbook 8th Edition Brief Guide

MLA Handbook 8th Edition. 
Available at the Falvey's front reference desk

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.

  MLA E-Book Citation

Works cited e-Book

Citations for e-books closely resemble those for physical books. Simply indicate that the book in question is an e-book by putting the term "e-book" in the "version" slot of the MLA template (i.e., after the author, the title of the source, the title of the container, and the names of any other contributors).

     Silva, Paul J. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. E-book, American Psychological Association, 2007.

If the e-book is formatted for a specific reader device or service, you can indicate this by treating this information the same way you would treat a physical book's edition number. Often, this will mean replacing "e-book" with "[App/Service] ed."

     Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince, translated by W. K. Marriott, Kindle ed., Library of Alexandria, 2018.

Note: The MLA considers the term "e-book" to refer to publications formatted specifically for reading with an e-book reader device (e.g., a Kindle) or a corresponding web application. These e-books will not have URLs or DOIs. If you are citing book content from an ordinary webpage with a URL, use the "A Page on a Web Site" format above.


Parenthetical Citation e-book

When citing an e-book in your text, avoid using device-specific numbering systems.

For your parenthetical citation, section 3.3.3 of the MLA Handbook states "If the work is divided into stable numbered sections like chapters, the numbers of those sections may be cited..." The example given is:

According to Hazel Rowley, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt began their honeymoon with a week's stay at Hyde Park (ch. 2).

It goes on to say that if no such visible, fixed part number is present, it must be cited as a whole (do not include any reference to the page, chapter, paragraph, etc.). You still need to include enough info in parenthesis for your reader to find the source in your works cited, usually the author's last name. 

~E-book citation guidance from MLA Handbook 8th ed. and Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab