For a project like the senior capstone, it's highly recommended that you use a bibliographic citation manager to keep track of your citations, help you build bibliographies, and format citations within written assignments. Bibliographic citation managers can automatically format citations in a requested format and help you insert in-line citations into a paper. They're not magic software (!); you still have to be sure that your citations are correct. But they sure take a lot of guesswork out of creating bibliographies and lists of works cited at the end of your paper.
Officially, the UC Merced Library supports three citation managers: RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley. This means that the librarians know how to use these managers and can help you use them. If you'd like to learn more about one of them, we're offering workshops in their use during the semester. Please consult the "Need help?" page in this guide for a list of workshops and to schedule yourself for a workshop.