Answered By: Farha Hasan
Last Updated: Sep 11, 2023     Views: 10265

Citation guides

Where can I find the proper format for citing a source?


Students can use the HBS Citation Guide for guidance in writing papers and projects (also see attached addendum on citing generative AI).

Harvard University provides guidance on citation styles, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and Blue Book (legal).    

Citation tools can help collect and organize your sources. Two popular citation tools are:

  • EndNote
    • HBS faculty, staff, and doctoral students can have EndNote installed by contacting TSS at or 495-6600 to place an order. There is a charge for the software.
    • See EndNote at Harvard for more information and instructions on using EndNote with Harvard resources. Additional help can be found on the EndNote Online User Manual and on YouTube.
    • Please note that saving files to an EndNote compatible format works better in Internet Explorer than Firefox.
  • Zotero
    • Zotero is a free open-source citation too that lives in your browser. 
    • Please note that Zotero works better with Firefox or Chrome. 

To determine which is right for your project, please consult the citation tool comparison guide.