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ILROB 3270/5290: Social Capital and Organizations: Citing Sources

Keep track of your research!

Even if you don't use the citation management options described below, it is vital that you track the research you do, both in this class and others during your time at Cornell. Keeping track of the topics you've researched and the results you've found will keep you from going over the same ground multiple times, and allow you to move your research forward consistently.

You can use what's called a research log to track this information. There are many options available; this one allows you to track the process from the start, while this one provides specific guidance on tracking search results. Feel free to contact us about what method might work best for you, but remember: even making a list of search terms and links in a Google Doc or Box Note will pay off down the line!

Citation Tools







Zotero is a popular free open source citation management tool that makes saving and citing online resources, including websites, YouTube videos, news articles, and scholarly database results, a breeze. Some of Zotero's strengths include its ability to capture a multitude of resource types with the click of a button, and its group library function, with no limit on group membership.  For more about Zotero, see this guide.


The Five Elements of a Data Citation

  • The five elements of a data citation:
  • Who: Who is the author of the data?
  • What: Title
  • Where: Repository. Where are the data stored?
  • How: Persistent identifier. How can you find the repository?
  • When: Date of retrieval


ZoteroBib is a free, quick, and easy bibliography and citation maker that saves time and trouble.

Add sources using the ZoteroBib search box. Then, copy and paste the complete bibliography (or footnotes or in-text citations) into your paper in the citation style of your choice.

Academic Integrity

The Code of Academic Integrity is Cornell University's official guideline concerning honesty in academic pursuits. One example of violating this code is stated as "knowingly representing the work of others as one's own." It is important to cite the work of others if you use or refer to it in your work.

For guidance in appropriately crediting the work of others when researching and writing, see the College of Arts and Science's website, Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism. Some of your professors may use the plagiarism detection software TurnitIn. For more information, see TurnitIn: Information for Students

For brief guides on MLA, APA, and Chicago Manual citation styles, as well as an overview of citation management software options, see Cornell University Library's Citation Management page.