Tech Tips: Creating Citations

Tech tip: need to write citations? Try out ZoteroBib! Learn more at Image of QR code linking to ZoteroBib on a beige background.

As you work on finals, you may need to write citations and create a bibliography for various final projects and essays. Never fear! ZoteroBib is a free to access, ad-free bibliography generator that you can use without creating an account or installing any software. If you need to quickly create a short bibliography for a project, this is the tool for you.

Image of ZoteroBib's website.
When you first go to ZoteroBib, this is what you will find.

ZoteroBib is pretty simple to use. You can either enter a URL, ISBN, DOI, title, or other identifier into the search bar, or you can click “Manual entry” and fill out the related fields. (The Help Desk recommends using an ISBN, DOI, or other unique identifier over entering a title or URL – ISBNs and DOIs tend to work more reliably than the latter). Click “Cite” when you’re ready, and ZoteroBib will quickly generate a citation and start creating a bibliography. This bibliography will save to your browser’s local storage, so you can exit ZoteroBib and come back to add more to the bibliography whenever. 

Image of ZoteroBib with a new citation for "Pride and Prejudice".
ZoteroBib quickly and easily creates citations, like the one shown above.

Additionally, ZoteroBib supports over 10,000 citation styles, and you can easily pick the one you need from the dropdown menu in the bibliography section. Once you have all your citations, you can either copy the bibliography to your clipboard so you can copy/paste it into your project, or you can download it in a variety of formats.  

You can learn more about ZoteroBib at Try it out for yourself at Good luck on finals everyone! 

Image of ZoteroBib showing how to select particular citation styles and how to copy and paste the generated bibliography.

Tech Tips: Tools and Tricks for Finals

 ALT: Finals tech Tips. Borrow a white noise machine to get plenty of rest! Block distracting apps and create a to-do list using Flora. Listen to lo-fi music or a study video to get in a good headspace. Try out the pomodoro technique. White text on a purple background with images of study supplies.

Welcome back after break! We’re near the end of the semester, and finals are ramping up. Never fear: the Help Desk has a variety of tips and tricks to help you get through the next few weeks.

First, the Help Desk has a wide variety of equipment to loan out to iSchool students, staff, and faculty, from computers and chargers to white noise machines, ring lights, chrome casts, and more. Stop by and borrow a white noise machine to get the added rest you need for finals, or borrow a Chromecast for some well-needed distraction and rest. 

Is your phone a constant distraction while you’re studying? Flora is a free-to-use app that helps you create a to-do list and block distracting apps, and it’s a great way to get away from your phone for a bit so you can focus on completing your work. 

If you’re the kind of person who needs background noise while you’re studying, try listening to lo-fi music or study videos to help put yourself in the right headspace to work. Lofi Girl on Youtube is a popular channel for study videos, but other Help Desk favorites include this video of ambient music in a bookstore setting. 

Lastly, the Pomodoro technique is a way to manage your time while studying while also making sure you give yourself well-needed breaks. There are many free Pomodoro timers available online, like Tomato Timers and Pomofocus

That’s it for now! Good luck on finals (and make sure to rest and drink plenty of water)!

Managing Stress for Finals Week and Beyond

The end of the semester can be stressful, but it is important to take care of yourself while you are taking care of everything else.

Wellness is important for enjoying life during any time of the year and various resources around campus have recently created a new online magazine called Be Well Illinois that covers all topics related to wellness.
Check it out here!

Also, if you can, feel free to stop by the iSchool on Reading Day (Thursday, December 12th) for a relaxation event starting at 3 pm with free food and activities!
The event will be held in rooms 131 and 126.

Good luck on finishing up the semester and congratulations to any soon-to-be graduates!