Citing Your Sources

How to Cite Sources using MLA, APA, or Chicago Styles
How to Manage Your Citations using Zotero, RefWorks, and Endnote Web

How to Cite Sources

There are different rules for citing sources, depeding on the situation. Models for the most commonly-used citation styles are available below. Tutors at the Writing Center can help you apply these rules and summarize, paraphrase, and quote from sources effectively while avoiding plagiarism.




Citation Management: Zotero, EndNote Web, and RefWorks

If you doing lots of research, you may want to choose a citation management program that will store the references you find. Each of these citation managment programs can be used to save, sort, and format citations. Each one has a bit of a learning curve, but in the long run using one of them can save you time. Essentially, they let you create a personalized database of sources that are ready to use in future projects. All of them will format bibliographies in a number of styles, but you always have to proof the results carefully.

Zotero is a free program that operates as a browser plug in for Firefox, with Chrome and Safari versions now available in Beta. Once you download Zotero, you can use it to save webpages, articles in databases, and book references from thelibrary catalog, Amazon,or Google Books. Your collected references can be synched from one compter to another and can be accessed online through any web broswer. Sort your references into project folders, tage them, add annotations and, when you want to create a reference, simply drag them into a document and choose a format. See the Zotero Quick Start Guide to get started or try our very brief guide; see Jason Puckett's guide for more tips and strategies.

Endnote Web is a simplified version of a powerful citation management program that many scientists and scholars use. More information is available online.

RefWorks - the library plans to discontinue our RefWorks subscription at the end of spring semester 2012. Our RefWorks account-holders will receive details in early spring 2012. For help exporting your citations from RefWorks to Zotero or EndNote Web, see our guide to exporting from RefWorks.