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Environmental Sciences: Citations

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CSE Manual

Reminder

Remember to cite when:

  • quoting
  • paraphrasing
  • summarizing
  • borrowing an image

You do NOT have to cite when it is:

  • common knowledge
  • original thought

Still not sure? Look at this simple flowchart from EasyBib.

Some Useful Citation Tools

Refworks - RefWorks is a citation management software that is freely available to Rutgers faculty and students. Once you have created an account while you are at Rutgers, you will have life-long access to RefWorks, even after you leave Rutgers.

Refworks Tutorials - This libguide has easy to follow instructions for creating a refworks account, and all of its useful features.

How to Choose: Mendeley, Zotero, or EndNote - This useful guide from Washington University Libraries can help you pick one of the citation tools available. Mendeley and Zotero are free; EndNote is not.

Mendeley - A free citation manager with social sharing.

Zotero - A freely available citation tool with social sharing.

TIP

As you gather your sources, compile your References section. Complete this section before you begin writing your paper! Why?

  • This will ensure that you have copied down all the necessary citation components of your book, article, Web site, etc.
  • It will make your life much easier when you need to do in-text citations since authors and dates are already neatly organized on your reference page.
  • It decreases the chance that you'll include an in-text citation for a source, but then forget to include it within the reference section.
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