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COMM 2030 Research Guide: Communication Inquiry: Social Scientific Methods

Updated Summer 2017

APA - American Psychological Association

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the social sciences.

Online Resources

Titles in the UMD Library Catalog


About Zotero

Zotero is a standalone software program that works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. It allows users to:

  • Create a databases of citations by easily selecting items from your browser
  • Attach and organize your PDFs
  • Sync your database to the Web
  • Share group libraries with others
  • Create bibliographies in a variety of styles


About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free citation and file management application. It allows you to:

  • Manage your PDF collection of articles on your hard drive.
  • Extract metadata for each file, rename/move them, and sync across platforms.
  • Tag files, organize them into folders, annotate, and share with others (including annotations/notes).
  • Use the capabilities within Mendeley to generate a bibliography, or export bibliographic data to other citation management applications.

How to use Mendeley