Citing your sources is important for giving credit to the work of others and avoiding plaigarism.
In the world of academia (and beyond), proper attribution of sources also demonstrates how you are engaging and adding to the existing body of knowledge. By citing your sources, you are entering into the scholarly conversation.
There are many different "styles" you may choose from when citing sources. Your professor will probably tell you which "style" is preferred for your class. MLA (Modern Language Association), Chicago, and APA (American Psychological Association) are the three which are used most often by students at The Claremont Colleges.
The Purdue Owl website provides guides for
If you need to cite legal documents or government publications, or just understand the citations you find, the following guides will help.
Zotero is one example of the many programs available to help you organize citations, full-text articles, and other research resources. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style.
More information on Zotero is available online. The library provides one general Zotero Research Guide, and another guide tailored to our drop-in Zotero workshops. Because Zotero is an open-source program, many minds across the Web are hard at work figuring out how best to use and extend Zotero -- it's often helpful to just Google your questions, or consult the help or FAQs at zotero.org.
If you discover that you like citation management software in general, but you'd like to try something other than Zotero specifically, take a look at this overview to learn about available choices and how to use each. The library also has a Research Guide for RefWorks,.
The library also provides drop-in workshops on Zotero and RefWorks, and a workshop that compares both to help you decide which one is best for you. Watch the Love Your Library workshop calendar (replicated below) for upcoming workshops.
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