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First Year Guide: Citing Sources

A guide for first years, designed to help them learn about the library and conducting research

Keep in mind:

Scholarship as Conversation
Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Information Creation as a Process
Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.

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Citation Starting Points

Why we cite

This video from NCSU helps explain the importance of citing your sources!

Major Style Guides


RefWorks is a research and citation management service you can use to create bibliographies, format footnotes, and organize information that you import from the library's databases and other online sources. Footnotes and bibliographies created with RefWorks are only as good as the information you import. You will still need to edit some references. For help with that, refer to the library's guide to citing sources.

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Which version should I use?

  • I'm new to RefWorks
    All new users must create their account in New RefWorks.

Citing Sources Quiz

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