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Research Guides

SCR WR 50 - Too Much Information - Elam - Fall 2017

Why Cite Your Sources?

Citing your sources is important for giving credit to the work of others and avoiding plagiarism.

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.

Questions or concerns about citations? Please contact your course librarian (Allegra), or the Scripps Writing Center.

Citation Styles

For this class, you are encouraged to use MLA Style. Here you can find information on how to cite in MLA Style:

MLA Style

Generally used in the humanities

Purdue OWL MLA Style Formatting Guide

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (in the Library)

Tools to Manage Your Research -- RefWorks & Zotero

Both Zotero and RefWorks allow you to keep citations, full text articles, and other research resources organized in one place. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

Zotero is a free, open-source application that you download from the web and install on your computer. There are excellent directions on how to download in this LibGuide: Zotero - Citation Manager for Firefox, Safari, Chrome .

There is a useful video on how to use Zotero at the Zotero web site: Getting Stuff into your Library {Zotero] .

There are several LibGuides: Zotero - Citation Manager for Firefox, Safari, Chrome: Install Zotero for Firefox  ;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

Mac users sometimes have trouble finding their Word plug-in. the Word plug-in lives in different places depending on their Mac Operating System (OS). For most Macs 2008 and older it live in their Apple script menu. You can read and see more here.

The Library offers workshops on how to use both of these "bibliographic management" tools, as well as on EndNote, a similar application that you purchase and install on your computer.

RefWorks is web-based. You can access it and create an account from any computer connected to the internet. RefWorks is free to current students of The Claremont Colleges.

For more information about these tools, or about workshops, check the Library Web page under Upcoming Workshops and Events.