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Research Guides

ARC 3323 : History of Architecture

A research guide for ARC 3323 students

Citation Management

Keeping track of everything you've looked at may sound like an arduous task, but luckily there are tools to help you save bibliographic information with notes that will even insert citations into your word processer.

Behold, citation management applications!

  • Zotero - choose between the standalone version or cloud-based version that allows you to bookmark citations with your web browser, build and share bibliographies, and cite-as-you-write with Word (free)
  • Endnote - a software application, also easily integrated with Word (available for purchase at the Libraries' Access Services desk)
  • Mendeley - another web-based tool that allows you to collect and annotate PDFs and cite within Word (free)

These are just a few out there. Be sure to attend library workshops to get hands-on training.


The Office of Thesis & Dissertation Format Review provides the approved thesis/dissertaion templates to ensure compliance with University formatting guidelines. They also offer workshops on using the templates, the submission process, necessary forms, and best practices before you begin writing.

Be sure to become familiar with the templates, attend formatting workshops, and use the templates as your write to ensure a smooth submission process.

Library Workshops

The MSU Libraries offers a variety of workshops not just for conducting your research, but also producing and sharing it

  • research methodologies and strategies
  • citation management tools
  • setting up your thesis/dissertation template
  • design and production software
  • copyright and publishing
  • sharing your research (non-traditional publishing)
  • navigating academia

Visit "Instruction" section of the Ask a Librarian page for more information.

If you're interested in topics or tools that are not listed, Ask A Librarian.