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Citing Sources of Information: Writing for the Health Sciences: Citing Sources

This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing an academic paper.

The Writing Center

The RBHS Writing Center provides writing tutoring to RBHS undergraduate and graduate students. Professional tutors will offer support in critical reading, research, and writing skills. Both in-person and virtual sessions are available by appointment.
Location

The Writing Center is located in the Rutgers University George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, in the library’s current e-classroom M906.  The library is located at 30 Twelfth Avenue, Newark, NJ.

Spring 2020 Tutoring
January 7 - May 22, 2020

Mondays: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesdays: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursdays: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Making an Appointment
Email us at rbhswc@newark.rutgers.edu
Call us at  973-972-0661
   or
Stop in at our front desk (Room M906):
Mondays: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesdays: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Definitions

 
citation reflects all of the information a person would need to locate a particular source. For example, basic citation information for a book consists of name(s) of author(s) or editor(s), title of book, name of publisher, place of publication, and most recent copyright date.
 
A citation style dictates the information necessary for a citation and how the information is ordered, as well as punctuation and other formatting. 
 
bibliography lists citations for all of the relevant resources a person consulted during his or her research.
 
In an annotated bibliography, each citation is followed by a brief note—or annotation—that describes and/or evaluates the source and the information found in it.
 
works cited list presents citations for those sources referenced in a particular paper, presentation, or other composition.
 
An in-text citation consists of just enough information to correspond to a source's full citation in a Works Cited list. In-text citations often require a page number (or numbers) showing exactly where relevant information was found in the original source.
 

When to Cite

You need to cite when:

  • using a direct quotation, even if it is in quotation marks
  • using facts that are not common knowledge (what the reader can reasonably be expected to know)
  • paraphrasing or rewriting the author’s ideas
  • summarizing the data or argument of an author
  • using the key words or phrases from the author or using synonyms
  • mentioning the author’s name in your text
  • writing a sentence that mostly consists of your own thoughts, but you have made a reference to another author’s ideas

 When in doubt, err on the side of caution, and cite. 

Medical Librarian

Peggy Dreker, MPA, MLS's picture
Peggy Dreker, MPA, MLS
Contact:
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences
Information & Education Department
(973) 972-9549
Website
Subjects:Nursing

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