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Library Resources for Summer Students: Citing Sources

A guide to Yale University Library resources for students taking summer classes.

Citation Tools

There are many popular citation tools, including EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero. For help on creating citations and to compare the different tools, visit the Citation Management library guide or the Yale College Writing Center's website.

A Word on Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the use of another’s work, words, or ideas without attribution. The word “plagiarism” comes from the Latin word for “kidnapper” and is considered a form of theft, a breach of honesty in the academic community. 

Plagiarism takes many forms, but it falls into three main categories: using a source’s language without quoting, using information from a source without attribution, and paraphrasing a source in a form that stays too close to the original. There are variations on these categories that you may not be familiar with, so see the Warning section for a fuller discussion of the rules and see the Fair Paraphrase section for a discussion of how to use a source’s idea in your own argument.

-Taken from the Yale College Writing Center