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Citations: Give Credit Where Credit is Due

To avoid plagiarism, NAU's e-Learning Center advises you to cite sources when:

  • You directly quote a source
  • You paraphrase a source
  • You summarize someone else's ideas in your own words
  • You draw on facts, information, or data from someone else
  • You want to add supplemental information not included in your paper, such as footnotes or endnotes

Note: You do not need to cite generally accepted knowledge. For more information, see Not-So-Common Knowledge.

A general rule of thumb is "when in doubt, cite it."

(the text above is a direct quote from the e-Learning Center's Academic Integrity @ NAU tutorial. The e-Learning Center was paraphrasing Princeton University's guidelines. In this case, we credit both sources to show the progression of the ideas).

 

Let RefWorks Help You Format Citations

RefWorks is a web-based program that allows you to organize and save your citations as well as create bibliographies -- sign up for and access your NAU-provided acount here!

See the official RefWorks LibGuide for general information on using the program.

 

Importing Citations from the NAU Library Catalog into RefWorks

If you're searching our Library Catalog and want to save citations to RefWorks:

  • Mark the records of interest, then select "Export Marked Records"
  • Save the "Full Display" to "Local Disk" (save the file to your desktop or another easy-to-find location)
  • In RefWorks, go to the References menu tab in the upper left hand corner and select "Import"
  • Choose the following import settings then click "Import" :

 

Importing Citations from WorldCat into RefWorks

If you're searching WorldCat and want to save citations to RefWorks:

  • Mark the records of interest, then click the "export" button
  • Choose "Export to Text file" then save the file to your desktop or another easy-to-find location
  • In RefWorks, go to the References menu tab in the upper left hand corner and select "Import"
  • Choose the following import settings then click "Import" :

 

Know Your Citation Style Before You Start

Reformatting citations can be a painful process. To save yourself time at the end of your paper-writing process, check with your professor to see what citation style they prefer before you start writing your paper!

Finding Information about and Examples of Citation Styles:

American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Cline Library has print copies of the APA style manual available for checkout.

Chicago Manual of Style

  • Cline Library has an ebook copy of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

  • Cline Library has a print copy of the CSE manual available for checkout.

Modern Language Association (MLA)

  • Cline Library has a print copy of the MLA manual available for checkout.

Don't see the citation style you need? Ask a Librarian!

And don't forget that RefWorks can format citations for you in a wide variety of styles!

 

Helpful Links

Find more citation guides and examples of properly formatted citations at these websites:

The Everyday Writer

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Citing Information (UNC Libraries)

The Writer's Handbook (UW Madison Writing Center)

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