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Footnotes, Bibliographies & Citation Tools   Tags: apa, bibliographies, chicago style, citation managers, citations, easybib, footnotes, mla, references, refworks, zotero  

This guide will help you get started using citations in your academic writing, and teach you the basics about Citation Management Software.
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Definitions of Terms

Bibliography – a list of sources at the end of a paper, artilce, book, etc. Sometimes called a "Works Cited" or "References" list.

Citation, "In-Text" – information inserted into the body of a text to indicate that a quote or idea came from some other work; includes enough information for the reader to find the source in the bibliography, works cited list, or references list.

Reference – infromation about one source, part of a list in a bibligoraphy, works cited list, or references list.

Endnote – a note at the end of a book or a section of a book that may contain a reference to a source.

Footnote – a note at the bottom of a page that may contain a reference to a source.

Citation Manager - an online service, browser add-on, or software product that helps you gather, organize, and use sources and citations.


Why Cite Your Sources? What Is a Citation?

Appropriate Citation is the key to avoiding plagiarism--giving credit where credit is due.

Just Because You Put It In Your Own Words... (2:27)

From Jennifer Poggiali at Lehman College Library.
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Deconstructing Citations (Tutorial)

Side-by-side MLA/APA comparison showing each element in a citation, with quiz and resource links.
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