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
The Citation Management guide describes several software tools you may use.
Look for the green pencil icon in the library catalog. Clicking on the "Cite This" tool will show you how to cite the source using APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian citation styles.
We cite sources for several reasons:
RefWorks can save you hours of time. This citation management software can store all your articles and reformat them to meet any citation style. As you search the library catalog, databases and other online resources, mark items of interest and upload their citations into RefWorks. RefWorks will generate bibilographies in BibTeX, HTML, Word, or Open Office format.
Already familiar with RefWorks, try the new version called New RefWorks.
Q. How do I avoid plagiarism?
A. Properly cite your sources. As you collect information for your project or paper clearly note where your ideas are coming from. When you read books and articles, paraphrase the ideas in your own words to prove that you understand the concepts.
Follow the 26 Guidelines at a Glance on Avoiding Plagiarism from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity.
Play our game about scientific research ethics here to learn more about the complex issues surrounding plagiarism, data fabrication, and data falsification in the sciences.
To learn more, check out our Guide to Responsible Conduct of Resources in the Sciences.
Use the information found in these links to avoiding common plagiarism issues.
Who created the resource? Are the author, organization, affiliations, and publisher clearly shown? If the page is web-based does it link to information about the organization? Do the author have credentials or expertise in the subject matter? Is the resource from a government agency, university, company, non-profit organization?
Is the information contained in the source properly cited? Is there a bibliography or reference list? Can you verify the information in other sources? Is the information free of grammatical, spelling, and typographical errors? Are the statistical data clearly explained? Are charts and graphs properly represented and cited?
Is the resource free of advertising, or is any advertising clearly separated from the content? Is there any bias? Is the sponsoring organization biased or motivated to report facts from a particular perspective?
When was the information gathered? When was the resource created? When was it updated/ revised? Is it kept current? Is currency critical to your topic?
Is the information complete? Does it cover the subject in depth? Does it match your information needs?
These criteria were adapted from a worksheet used by the Widener Science Library.