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Child Study & Human Development


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Zotero is a robust tool for collecting, managing, and citing sources. It was built by George Mason University's Center for History & New Media. It is free and open source and tends to be a librarian favorite. Zotero functions as a browser plugin with a web backup. It works with Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, and integrates with Microsoft Word and Google Docs for in-text parenthetical/footnote citations.

New for Fall 2021: Tufts now subscribes to Zotero Institution, which provides all members of the community unlimited individual and group cloud storage on To configure, simply add and confirm your Tufts email address in your account. Contact a Tisch Librarian with any questions.

For Zotero Help: consult the Documentation or Forums or ask a Tisch Librarian.

What is APA Style?

APA style was developed and is maintained by the American Psychological Association (APA).  It is heavily used by the social sciences, behavioral sciences, and many other disciplines.

Features: Focuses on dates the study was published; page numbers may also be cited.  Features in-text parenthetical citations of author(s) and date: (Smith, 1998). A page number also must be added for quotes taken from a specific page: (Smith, 1998, p. 123).  Endnotes or footnotes may be used to add supplementary comments.

Citation manual: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

All examples below are based on examples from the 6th edition.

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