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History: Citations & Zotero

This guide is intended to provide you with assistance in completing assignments in historical research, most specifically at Elizabeth City State University, using ECSU and open source resources.

Chicago/Turabian Citation Resources

What's the difference?

"Turabian is a kind of citation involving either footnotes or endnotes.  For the most part, it is a condensed version of the Chicago stylebook written especially for student writers." Hollins University Writing Center 


Zotero is:

  • FREE! And not tied to an institutional subscription or purchased license.
  • A research tool that helps users collect and organize sources.
  • An open-source program that can be downloaded as a browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and as a standalone program that works with Windows, Mac, or Linux systems.

For many major databases and websites, the program can tell when a list of books or articles is displayed by showing an icon in the address bar, so citation information can be saved with just a few clicks.

 Zotero can help you:

  • Annotate and organize research results, including video.
  • Save information about a reference, including author, title, and other publication information.
  • Create libraries and save searches, and share collections with other people.
  • Attach files, links, notes, and PDFs to records.
  • Store a screenshot of a web page.
  • Export information as formatted citations in word processing programs (Word, Open Office, Google Docs).
  • Tag and sort records and perform advanced searches.
  • View records in personal collection when offline.
  • Cite records in any language.

To get started:

To use Zotero, you must create an account:

Download Zotero Standalone OR Zotero Firefox extension, then follow prompts to create account.  Make note of your account information below for future reference.




Set up a Refworks account to keep track of the article and books your discover in databases.

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