Get Help Avoiding Plagiarism
Librarians are here to help you “learn the skills of scholarship and the expectations of academic honesty” (“ Academic Misconduct,” 2019-2020 Academic Catalog). Contact a librarian if you have questions about when or how to cite your sources. You can also review the Avoiding Plagiarism page or schedule an appointment with a Writing Center tutor for help organizing your supporting evidence and paraphrasing others’ ideas.
If you’re working on an assignment where you need to cite your sources or create a bibliography, the CSB/SJU Libraries have some recommendations for you below, based on whether you plan to 1) use software or 2) manage your references manually.
1. If you would like to use software to manage your citations, try:
Sign up and access EndNote here:
This tutorial will help you get started:
What is EndNote? EndNote is a bibliographic citation manager; it keeps track of your citations and creates a bibliography for you. EndNote is especially useful for larger research projects where you’re citing many different sources. EndNote also includes the Cite-While-You-Write plugin to easily create in-text citations within Microsoft Word.
Schedule a library research appointment to get one-on-one assistance with EndNote. (Note: If you’re using a different citation manager,like BibTex, Easybib, Mendeley, or Zotero , we can try to troubleshoot some basic questions but may not be able to provide the same level of support as we do with EndNote.)
2. If you want to manage references manually, try:
The “Cite” Feature
The CSB/SJU Libraries’ catalog and many journal databases include a “Cite” feature that lets you select a citation style and then copy and paste a computer-generated citation into your bibliography. Further instructions are available here.
Citation Style Guidelines
The CSB/SJU Libraries have many official style guides that you can refer to, either to make corrections to the citations you got using the “Cite” feature or to help you create a citation from scratch. We also recommend the online resources below to help you cite your sources.