About Citation Styles
There are number of different citation styles and they vary by research discipline.
This tutorial includes information on several of the most commonly used citation styles (MLA, APA, and CSE), as well as a few discipline-specific ones that are required by faculty in some UMF courses.
If you are not sure which citation style to use for a course, ask your professor.
The Mantor Library subscribes to the RefWorks citation management system. Students can create an account and use RefWorks to import and add citations, manage citations for each research project, and create bibliographies formatted in the citation style required for their assignments.
FMI: RefWorks Tutorials
For every paper or project you prepare for a class, you will need to include a bibliography or list of the information sources used. Every source you use MUST be cited...books, articles, websites, graphics, images, charts, audio files, video clips, etc.
If you have used someone else's ideas, words, images, etc., you need to give credit to them as the authors or creators.
You also want your professor and anyone else who reads your work to be able to identify and locate the sources you used. Plus, citations lend credibility and authority to your research paper or project!
If you do not cite your sources, you may be accused of plagiarism. Check out the Writing Center's Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial for more information on avoiding problems.
Golden Rule: If you are not the original author or creator of a resource you incorporate into your paper or project, you need to cite it!
The Bedford Handbook
Other Related Resources
For more information about incorporating sources into your research papers and projects and using information ethically, check out these additional resources: