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Biology of Cancer: Citing sources

Designed to help students in 21:120:402:01 find appropriate resources for their paper and poster assignments

What is plagiarism?

  Plagiarism is defined as stealing and using the ideas of another as one's own.  In the academic world, this is considered a very serious charge and, for students, it can lead to dismissal, and, for faculty, it can result in the loss of one's job and/or one's standing in the profession.  When we discussed bibliographies as a test for a reliable information source, we expected the citations to be an accurate reflection of the item's content.  If they are not, how can we make an informed decision?  Plagiarism can be avoided by precision in citing your sources.  When in doubt, cite!

      The librarians at Robeson Library on the Camden Campus have produced a three-part video series on the dangers of plagiarism and how to avoid them. 

      On the University Libraries web pages, there are suggestions offered to avoid plagiarism.  See Don't Plagiarize! Document Your Research.

Tracking your citations


With the financial support of the Rutgers-Newark Dean’s Offices, the University Libraries can offer the opportunity to import citations to RefWorks from all journal index databases, the Online Catalog, and the web.

RefWorks is currently undergoing extensive development so the producer makes two versions available, Legacy and RefWorks 3 (Flow).  If you select Flow, you can transfer Legacy folders for access.  Beyond this functionality, the two versions of RefWorks are not linked.  Many users find Legacy to be more user friendly and reliable.  It is scheduled to be phased out in fall 2018.

For more information about RefWorks and to connect directly, go to Services and Tools on the red bar at the top of the University Libraries’ home page.   RefWorks is listed under Tools in the column on the right.

Additional resources:

          Quick Guide

          Introductory tutorials

          Advanced tutorials

          RefWorks YouTube Channel

          LibGuide by Rutgers Librarians


EndNote Online

          EndNote is one of the options offered for exporting journal article citations from indexes and databases.  You may use EndNote Online exclusively and successfully manager your citations.  It is also possible to export citations from EndNote Online to a desktop copy of EndNote.  Any links to full text items in EndNote Online will be retained in the transfer to EndNote Desktop.

Additional resources:

          Quick Reference Guide

          EndNote Online tutorial    A comprehensive introduction on YouTube.  Use the transcript tab to see the contents and make a selection.


EndNote Desktop

          Produced by Clarivate Analytics, EndNote Desktop is considered to be the gold standard for citation in the sciences.  In addition to the functions shared by all citation managers, the current version of EndNote has an iPad application, journal abbreviation recognition and standardization and one click searching to find and attach fulltext.  The pdfs may be viewed, annotated, and highlighted within EndNote.  It is also possible to compress the citation list and attachments and send to a research partner.

          EndNote Desktop is available for download to current Rutgers students, faculty and staff.  You can find the link by going to Services and Tools on the red bar at the top of the University Libraries’ homepage.  Endnote is the first tool in the column on the right.  The page provides details on the downloading process and contact information for the Libraries’ EndNote specialists.

Additional resources:

          EndNote Users Guide

          EndNote: For Users

          EndNote Users Blog

 Please note that your account on EndNote Online can be sync-ed with your desktop version and vice versa.  This makes it imperative that you save your actions in Desktop by creating and saving a library.  If something happens to your files on either version, you can always call up your last library and suffer very little.



          Zotero is a free and easy to use Firefox extension that will help you manage citations.  It was developed as a joint project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Zotero website has a copy of the tool to download as well as comprehensive documentation.  Zotero is especially useful when you work with displays of multiple citations on one page.  The following guides will help you get started. 


         Quick Guide

         LibGuide from Rutgers Librarians

         Creating bibliographies

          Screencast Tutorials