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What is a Citation?
A citation is "quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work", according to the Oxford Dictionaries.
Why Citing is Important
It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
- To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
- To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
- To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
- To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list
Source: LibGuides at MIT Libraries - Citing
Citation Style Guides
Free writing and citing style guides. Use these to format your work in ALA, MLA or other styles.
Purdue University OWL
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, as a free service. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Trinity College Cite Source
*Find citation examples for information formats in a variety of citation styles
*Learn how to document information in your field of research
*Read about copyright, intellectual property, and how the Web shapes information use
Rutgers Writing Tutorials
Tutorials on plagiarism, writing, citations and more from Rutgers University Libraries
Copyright Basics for Students
The basics students need to know to complete assignments, projects, paper, and theses.
Copyright for Faculty, Students, and Staff
This site provides guidance to faculty, students, and staff on Rutgers policy and practice for using copyrighted works in academic research and publication, teaching, and other educational activity. It also offers guidance on copyright law as it applies to works that we create as authors, artists, scholars, teachers, and students.
Managing Citations: RefWorks
RefWorks is one of the Web-based bibliography and database managers that enables you to:
- Organize your research
- Import references from many electronic databases
- Include citations while you write your paper
- Create a bibliography according to different stylesheets (APA, MLA, etc.) in different document formats (Word, RTF, HTML, etc.)
RefWorks is available for Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff.