What is Citation?
Citation is a powerful textual database manager that allows you to organize notes and document sources for your research papers. It is designed to work in conjunction with word processors such as Word or WordPerfect. You can create your own set of bibliographic citations and also import citations from many bibliographic databases. From your records, Citation can then create footnotes and/or bibliographies in whatever style or format you need (APA, MLA or specific journal formats). Citation 9 offers many new features and does not require that a previous version be installed on your computer.
Where is it available?
It is available throughout the library on all public access computers (university logon required). Citation can also be downloaded by all ISU faculty, staff and students for use on their own home or campus computers.
How do you download it?
Register as a licenced user of Citation. You will then be sent an e-mail with detailed information on how to download the installation fileset. Download the Standard Edition. When you start Citation 9 for the first time, a dialog box will appear. Click on the "Unlock" button. You will then be prompted for a serial number. The serial number for ISU will be included in the e-mail message sent to you by Citation. The e-mail message also includes links to helpful Citation resources.
How do you enter bibliographic citations?
Access to Citation is best made through your word processor. Citation is found under the "Tools" menu in Microsoft Word. Clicking on the book icon found on the Word menu bar can also open up Citation.
Click "New" under the File menu. Select the form of the record you want to enter: article in a journal, book, dissertation, chapter in an edited book, web page, etc. Then enter the relevant information in the notecard-like form that appears. Make sure to be consistent in how you enter the data. When finished entering the first citation, click "Add record" under the Edit menu to add another citation. When finished entering all citations, click "Save" under the File menu and name your file.
How do you open an existing file?
To open a file that you have already named, select "Open datafile" under the File menu.
How do you create a bibliography from your citations?
To create a bibliography from your open datafile, Select "Bibliography from datafile" from the Generate menu. From this screen, you can select which publishing style you want your bibliography in, including APA, MLA or specific journal formats. You can also decide if you want your list alphabetized, numbered, or with abstracts. Most likely you will want to write your bibliography to your open Microsoft Word document. The bibliography will appear where you have placed the cursor in your document.
You can also generate footnotes and endnotes from citations in your paper. To do this, select "Citations for document" from the Generate menu. This and other more advanced features, such as tagging records, searching for records by text, removing duplicate records and sorting records, is discussed in detail in the Citation documentation and help files.
What you can do with Citation?
Organize research notes
Document sources used in research
Create bibliographies, endnotes and footnotes in various formats
What you cannot do with Citation?
Import bibliographic citations from LUIS, the ISU Library catalog
Import citations from EBSCO, ProQuest or other databases