Practice Safe Writing!
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.
Read these best practices to avoid accidental plagiarism and check out these proper paraphrasing techniques.
Cornell University's Plagiarism Tutorial and Code of Academic Integrity
In-Depth Style Guides
The Purdue Online Writing Lab including guides to APA, MLA and Chicago Styles
Saving time in citing sources
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. Endnote may also be downloaded for free by students in CALS and students in CHE.
To learn how to use these and other citation management tools, consider a workshop at Mann Library or Olin Library.
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Sources for Citation Styles
By properly citing the sources you use in your research projects you are both identifying the resources that you used to complete your work and you are formally acknowledging the authors or creators of those resources. This allows others to find what you have found and to verify your research.
Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity
Here are some resources to help you properly format your bibliography in APA citation style:
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
Purdue Online Writing Lab APA guide
For Chicago Style, try this searchable online guide:
Chicago Manual of Style Online
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