Reference management software (citation managers) can help you group your sources all in one place as you do your research. You can use them to create citations, store PDFs, and/or import them into your papers. Each manager has its differences. Mendeley and Zotero are free to download, and you can make free cloud accounts up to 2GB (Zotero lets you use less memory for free). All citation managers take some time to learn. Georgia State University has two library guides on how to get started on each.
CTX pays for your account in APA Academic Writer. This tool is found on the Databases Tab under the “Databases by Subject” (under “Education”) or “Databases by Title” links.
APA Academic Writer is made up of 3 sections:
It will be most useful to you if you spend time learning how APA Academic Writer functions before you get deep into your dissertation process. To get started, under Learn, click on "Quick Guides" and look at:
Basic Paper Setup (We do not recommend using a "running head" in university papers)
Plan on getting a print copy of the APA Publication Manual to help you with any specific questions.