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Citation & Style Guides

A guide to the major print and online resources in physics.

Style Guides for Physics


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Use Zotero to help you to collectmanage, and cite your references. With Zotero you can attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

  • Free & open-source with a robust user community & documentation
  • Sync desktop app with cloud-based account
  • Store and organize records and PDFs 
  • Share citation records with anyone
  • Plugins/Add-ons for MS Word, Google Docs, and Libre Office
  • Storage: desktop unlimited; cloud 300mb free

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Why use Zotero, or other Citation Management Software?

Create your own personal database with Zotero or a Citation Management Software

  • When you find an interesting article or book, capture the bibliographic information so that it's easy to find again.  Import references from INSPEC, Scopus, Web of Science, the BC Libraries Catalog, etc. ... pretty much any database that you're using.
  • Arrange your references into various folders -- by topic or class, for example.
  • Attach the pdfs of articles that you've downloaded connected to the record
  • Later, search through the database that you've created to find the articles that you need.
  • BEST OF ALL, create a bibliography in the correct format (Phys Rev B, for example) using the references you've collected.