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Citation Management

What is citation management software?  

Citation management software can help you:

  • Collect citations from online databases and library catalogs
  • Organize, edit, and search through the citations you've saved
  • Insert in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies into your Word document
  • Create bibliographies in well-known styles like APA, Vancouver, and even specific journal styles like Nature
  • Share your citations and collaborate with colleagues on projects

What are the options?

Access to Citation Style Guides

Find information on citing your sources correctly from the University Library list of citation style guide resources.

Citation Style Guides


The University Library guide to Copyright Resources for Students answers the most common questions, links to resources, and more. The goal is to assist you in finding answers to your copyright questions and to lead you to resources that can help you make your own decisions regarding copyright.


The Xavier University Student Handbook defines plagiarism as:

Plagiarism is the act of taking words, ideas, data, illustrations or creative work of another person or source and presenting them as your own.  Plagiarism takes place whether such theft is accidental or deliberate.  A claim of forgetting to document ideas or materials is no defense.

Learn more about plagiarism and its avoidance.

Plagiarism Detection Software

Turnitin is the originality checking and plagiarism prevention software that is used in Canvas assignments.  You can also use the website to check individual papers for plagiarism yourself. has a feature called “Quick Submit”, which will allow you to login to and submit individual papers yourself to check for plagiarism. For more information and how to set up your account click here.

Theses and Dissertations

An ETD is an electronic version of your thesis or dissertation. Your ETD is a public display of the quality of work acceptable to your department and the University for meeting graduate degree requirements. It is the responsibility of your committee to judge the acceptability of the thesis/dissertation from all standpoints, including writing quality, neatness, mechanical considerations, and technical and professional competency.

Many Xavier University graduate programs require a thesis, dissertation, or project and require students to submit their work to OhioLINK’s Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) Center, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

For specific instructions on submitting a thesis or dissertation please contact your graduate program. For questions pertaining to OhioLINK’s ETD Center please email Michelle Early, Head of Library Systems, at



OhioLINK ETD Center

The ETD Center is a free, online database of Ohio's undergraduate, masters and doctoral theses and dissertations from participating OhioLINK member schools. It contains the abstract for all included theses and dissertations. The full-text is also available if it was submitted.

The OhioLINK ETD Center is a repository for complete, final theses and dissertations. Students should only submit their papers when their advisers have approved them or when instructed to do so by their thesis office.

Xavier Exhibit Digital Repository

Exhibit, a digital repository provided by the Xavier University Library, gathers, preserves, and provides access to the scholarship, creative works, and records of the Xavier University community.  Some graduate scholarship can be found here.

Creating an effective presentation

Best practices for various presentation formats

Poster Printing

The Digital Media Lab offers poster printing services for faculty, staff, and students who need posters printed for academic purposes.

Please Note: Students who will have posters paid for by their department require pre-approval before we can charge the department. A department representative (faculty or staff) must complete the Student Poster Pre-Approval Form and the student will immediately be authorized for printing.

For more details and to submit a print request use the appropriate link below




Binding information

Academic departments do not require bound copies nor does University Library retain bound copies of current theses, dissertations, or projects.

However, if students are interested in binding their thesis, dissertation, or project, here are two suggested binderies:

Questions? Email Jeff Grossman, Head of Collection Services, at

Digital Accessibility Requirements

OhioLINK requires each PDF submitted to their website to be accessible.  The purpose of having a web-accessible document is to provide everyone the opportunity to view your work.  Web accessible documents allow those with little to no vision access to your document with the aid of a screen reader or other visual aid.  Xavier University is also a proponent of accessibility.  Please see Xavier's EIT Digital Accessibility Policy for further information.     

Authors will be responsible for the following:

  • File includes full text. For example, you cannot have a picture of your title page because a screen reader cannot read it.
  • Color contrast (typed information must be black font on a white page. See Accessibility Tools for more help).
  • Document Properties are filled in (title and author).
  • Document Language is set to English.
  • Bookmarks are created for all first level headings (Sections and Chapter Headings).
  • Text identifiable headings for each major topic change (first level headings - see above).
  • Alternate text for images, figures, schemes, and equations.
  • PDF accessibility permission flag is checked.

You can perform an accessibility check in Microsoft Word before converting your document to PDF.  You will be required to complete the accessibility requirements in Acrobat Pro.

Information and Help on Making Theses and Dissertations Accessible can be found Here:

Xavier University Library Digital Accessibility Guide