Citations are used to support your own ideas and to place your research in the larger context of a field of study. Citing resources in your research papers acknowledges that other people have influenced your ideas. Citing work is essential to avoid accusations of plagiarism.
Use this guide to find support using specific citation styles (MLA, APA, Chicago) and to get started using citation management software.
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Because academic papers often require a lot of citations, a citation management tool to make keeping track of your sources easier!
See the tabs above for specific advice on using EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley, RefWorks, and Zotero, including how to:
The citation management tool you use is up to you. Below are some things to consider to help you decide.
Review the comparison chart below to learn about the features available from each citation management option.