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Ezra's Research Diary: Tried and True Strategies for Effective Undergraduate Research: Cite your sources

This library guide is designed to help students understand the overall process of undergraduate research at Cornell.

Citation Management Software

Save time and cite properly!

Citation management programs are like EasyBib or NoodleTools on steroids and allow you to easily collect, manage, and organize your citations and work with databases (and often Word or other word processors), making it easy to import references and incorporate them into your writing, properly formatted in the style of your choice. 

From the programs that Cornell supports, you can use EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley.

  • EndNote is available for purchase at the Cornell Store. Two Cornell colleges offer their communities free access to Endnote via site license: Human Ecology and Agriculture & Life Sciences.
  • Zotero and Mendeley are free and open source programs.

For more information on citation tools, citation management, and available workshops, see the Citation Management page on the Library Web site.

Transitioning from RefWorks? See our FAQ! Help with EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley is available at

Style Guides in Print

Why Should I Cite?

There are some very practical reasons for citing your sources:

  1. Use your citations to keep track of your own research process
  2. Enable other researchers to corroborate and verify your sources
  3. Scholarly decorum: Give credit where credit is due! Provide clear citations to acknowledge the work of your peers.
  4. Enable more exact citation analysis. (Some databases, like Web of Knowledge, allow you to select a topic, author, article, etc. and then create a citation report.)
 If I have seen further it is by
standing on the shoulders of  
Isaac Newton in a letter to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1676


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