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Bibliography Making Tools

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Bibliography Making Tools

This page provides annotated links to a collection of web-based services and software that will assist you in maintaining a personal database of bibliographic sources, whether books, articles, web sites, audio files, videos, or more. These tools will allow you to easily change the formatting style of the bibliography from one style to the next (for example, MLA to APA) as well as directly incorporate the in-text citations as you compose using word processing software. 


All featured resources are free to GW students and faculty. Because researchers often have different needs, an additional list of fee-based options is included at the end.
CAVEAT – Please keep in mind when working with these services that as the writer and researcher, you are responsible for the accuracy of the results. Review the bibliography and in-text citations generated to make sure they are accurately adhering to the desired formatting style.




Web-based Tools



Top Choices 

  • Bedford Bibliographer

    http://bcs. bedford stmartins.com/b bibliographer

    This is a FREE and easy-to-use web-based application for generating bibliographies. The web service does require registration to set up a password. Though free and well designed, it is limited in scope in that it only offers a select group of citation formats: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), Council of Science Editors (CSE), and two forms of Chicago (Notes-and-Bibliography and Author-Date). Also, it only generates a bibliography and does not assist in incorporating the corresponding in-text citations.

As a GW student or faculty you have access to Endnote Web for free. This is the web based version of the popular bibliography making software Endnote. 

To access to this web based service, you must first register. To do this, you need to enter the site through the GW system. You can do this one of two ways 


1) If you're on campus and using a computer permanently linked to the GW system, you can go directly to www.myendnote.com and sign up for an account which mean you establish a login and a password.

2) If you're off campus, to register you must initially access the site through ALADIN. Here are the steps to do this:


Registering for EndNote Web


Step 1 – Go to ALADIN<

Step 2 – Once in ALADIN, Go to the database “Web of Science.” You can easily get there by choosing “Database by Title” and typing in “Web of Science.”

Step 3 – When you're on the “Web of Science” database, look to the right of the screen. On the right with be a box with the words “Please register for more features” above it. Click on the text to register. Once you register you will then we taken to a page that gives you the option to go to Endnote Web.

Step 4 – Once you've registered for Endnote Web, you no longer have to access it through “Web of Science.” You can go directly to the site www.myendnoteweb from any computer.

Step 5 – Once at MyEndnoteWeb, preview the many help features and tutorials.



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This online bibliography making tools is popular with k-12 students because of its ease of use and free MLA only option.  To get access to APA, one needs to subscribe.

Price: Individual subscription is $8 per year. 


This fee-based web tool is designed to aid in gathering, managing, storing and publishing information.  Users can generate personal databases for every research project and format bibliographics and manuscripts instantly thorugh the save dated.   It easily imports references from databases.

Price: Individual subscription is $100 per year.  They offer a free 30-day  individual trial.







Top Choice


EndNote software is bibliographic management software that aids in building, maintaining, and publishing bibliographies.  It allows you to search bibliographic databases and drag and drop the references directly into the software.  Includes "cite while you write" functionality with 2,300 bibliographic styles and built-in manuscript templates.

Price: $99.95 with student discount at academicsuperstore.com

NOTE: Gelman has online EndNote tutorials available at http://www.gwu.edu/gelman/guides/endnote/



Specialty  Web-based Tools 


Top Choice

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that sits in the lower part of the browser to aid in collecting, managing and citing research sources.

NOTE: Only works with Mozilla Firefox version 2.0 or higher.



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