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PS 205: Introduction to International Relations

Citation Management Tools

Citation managers help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Click on the links below for guidance on using these tools.

Learning Opportunities

For help learning these tools, contact an expert listed on the tool's guide or sign up for one of our workshops:

Why Cite Your Sources

  • Professional honesty and courtesy: writers have an obligation to indicate when they have used someone else's ideas or words.
  • Citing sources strengthens the authority of your work.  It demonstrates that you have engaged other thinking on the subject you are writing about.
  • Accurate citations help others locate the materials you used in your research.

Citation Guides

Check these pages for summaries and additional resources on using some of the most commonly used citation styles.

If you don't see the style you need or what you need to cite doesn't quite fit, a librarian for your subject area can help you.

What is Plagiarism?

This one-minute video clarifies how to cite when you cite another author's words or another author's ideas.

 

Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words or ideas without due acknowledgment.  It may be intentional or unintentional.  To make sure you have avoided plagiarism in your work, you should:

Accurately quote the original author's words.

Enclose the quotation within quotation marks.

Follow the quotation with an in-text citation.

Introduce the quotation with a phrase that includes the author' name (e.g., Baxter argues that...)

Provide a list of references with full citation information at the end of the paper.

 

Quick Tips for Paraphrasing:

Paraphrasing or summarizing doesn't mean just changing a couple of words from the original work.

Acknowledge the source through in-text citations immediately following the paraphrase.

Review some good examples of paraphrasing and learn the techniques that will improve your paraphrasing.

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