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Citing Your Sources: Getting Started
Information on commonly used citation styles, such as MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and more
Research Toolkit workshops are designed to address the most common challenges students face in doing college-level research, including navigating databases, locating relevant sources, and making sense of information once it is found.
Whether you're working on your first research paper or you're an experienced student with an unusual source to cite, citing your sources can be challenging. Never fear! This guide refers you to websites and print books that will help you figure out how to cite your sources in several different styles.
Why do I have to cite my sources?
You should cite your sources because otherwise you would be taking credit for ideas that were not your own, otherwise known as plagiarizing. You are stealing someone else's intellectual property. (from SUNY Delhi Libraries website)
Writing your paper in a standard format helps your reader understand you more easily (and it really helps your professors, especially since they read hundreds of papers a year!)
The University Libraries does not offer support for these online reference managers. They are listed as a convenience for our student and faculty looking for a reference manager to use in their research. Many of the University Libraries' article databases will export bibliographic records to reference management software.
Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDF files). It is produced by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. It is produced by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science publishers).