One tool that our students in research-heavy classes really love is the open-source freely available citation management software available at Zotero.org. Zotero gives you a platform to organize and save your research from library databases or websites, and it can automatically generate citations and bibliographies directly inside Microsoft Word. This saves students a ton of time – when I show this tool to the 3rd year nursing students, they all cry that they wish they had known about it in their first year. You still need to know how a proper citation in the required style should look to avoid any mistakes, but Zotero does much of the work for you. I really appreciate that this tool makes it easy for students to complete this crucial yet often cumbersome exercise.
It’s also great for collaboration on group projects or with colleagues, as you can share access to your libraries of saved research. If anyone is interested in trying it out, let me know, I’ve written up a step-by-step installation guide!