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Information Literacy: Cite what you find

An overview of the help that we can offer to support your studies and research

Cite what you find using a standard format. Give credit where credit is due; cite your sources. Citing or documenting the sources used in your research serves two purposes, it gives proper credit to the authors of the materials used, and it allows those who are reading your work to learn more by reading the sources that you have listed as references. Knowingly representing the work of others as your own is plagarism. (See Cornell's Code of Academic Integrity).

Citation/Style Guides

Available onlineDuke University's online guide to citation styles using APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and CSE.

For style guides in print (book) format, see our comprehensive list.

Citation management programs

You can also use RefWorksEndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley to format citations. See also our online chart comparing RefWorks, EndNote, EndNote Web, Zotero, Papers, and Mendeley. Help with RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley is available at

  • EndNote is citation management software produced by ISI. A free 30-day trial is available through the EndNote website. The software can be purchased at the Campus Store.
  • Mendeley is a free, web-based tool for managing references, creating bibliographies, and pdf organizer.
  • Self-guided instruction in the form of tutorials, FAQ, and help are available through Mendeley.