Citing the works of authors that you use to form your own research is a critical part of the writing and research process. Citation provides evidence to back up our own ideas and statement. It demonstrates where our work fits into the greater body of knowledge. And it gives proper credit where credit is due.
How to save time in citing sources
In the process of doing research, you will encounter a multitude of resources including books, articles, and websites. Keeping all of these organized as you progress, and ultimately creating a bibliography using a particular citation style can be a daunting and time-consuming task.
But no fear, citation management help is here! With a relatively easy-to-use tool, you will be able to organize and save the resources you find. And with virtually the click of a button, you will be able to generate bibliographies in nearly any citation style.
There are a number of citation management tools available to Cornell students and compatible with many of the databases you'll be using. Visit the citation management help page to get started. It only takes a few minutes to set up an account with such tools as Zotero and Mendeley. If you are affiliated with the College of Human Ecology, you can download a Endnote here.
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Citing legislative documents and government sources can sometimes be challenging. For a thorough guide to citing these sources in MLA and APA styles see this guide: guides.library.cornell.edu/citing_us_gov_docs