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Why Cite?

Any idea or quote that comes from resources that you come across need to be cited. 

What is a citation?
A citation provides information needed to identify a source. A citation of a book generally includes: author(s), title, publisher, and date. A citation of an article generally includes: author(s), article title, magazine title, volume, pages, and date. Citations for web documents and articles from databases also include a URL and the date the information was accessed.

Why is citing important?
It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:

  • To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list

Plagiarism: Quick Tutorial


Great Citation Site!

If you're still unsure what you're doing, we highly recommend Cite Source from Trinity College! 


Citation Guides

Guides to preparing bibliographic citations, developed by University of Connecticut librarians

ACS - American Chemical Society

APA - American Psychological Association

ASA - American Sociological Association

Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian)

CSE - Council of Science Editors

MLA 7th - Modern Language Association, 7th Edition

MLA 8th - Modern Language Association, 8th Edition


RefWorks - Online Citation Tool


Organize your research!

RefWorks, a UConn-sponsored online tool for managing your research materials, will export citations (and more) directly from UConn Databases, help you organize your materials into folders, reconnect directly to most articles using integrated UConnLinks, and help with your in-text citations and Works Cited.

With the Write-N-Cite plugin from RefWorks you can cite sources while you are typing your paper. Once you have created a RefWorks account be sure to download the Write-N-Cite plugin which is accessible within RefWorks. Learn how to install and use Write-N-Cite to cite sources in your paper.

Refworks workshops are occassionally held during the semester.

Refworks has created a terrific online guide which includes step-by-step instructions, screen shots, videos, and  webinars.


What About Easybib?

Nothing's wrong with some of the free citation sites out there, if you remember:

  • The burden's on you to make sure a bibliographic citation is correct.
  • Sometimes professors require citation styles that are variations on an existing style

Bearing those things in mind, some highly rated sites include:


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