Research ethics are of particular importance in the fields of medicine, health, science, and engineering! For information on plagiarism and the University of Florida's code of ethics, visit our Responsible Conduct of Research guide.
To cite your references properly, you must track the following information for all your resources:
Padilla, PB, & Nogales M. (2009). Behavior of Kestrels Feeding on Frugivorious Lizards: Implications for Food Dispersal. Behavioral Ecology, 20(4), 872-877 DOI (if applicable)
The Citation Management guide describes several software tools you may use.
All Citation Management Software allow you to collect, organize, and format citations but there are important differences among the different types.
Which citation management tool is right for you? Here is a summary - see also the full comparison chart.
Mendeley is web-based and has the ability to add citations in MS Word. Has a cool drag-n-drop feature with pdf attachments and allows you to share your citations in a social network. The downside is you are not able to edit citation styles. While we do not teach Mendeley, it is a popular and available system.
Zotero is a very easy-to-use open source tool. The program lives right in your browser! Using Zotero, it is especially easy to capture and save citations found on webpages, and to add notes and other information to saved citations for efficient and creative organization. Zotero also offers a plugin for MS Word so you can cite while you write. The downside is you are not able to edit citation styles.