Specialized research tools help you to:
NYU Libraries provides Zotero, RefWorks, and Endnote. For a complete list and info on how to access and use these tools, go to the Research Tools page.
When you are writing a paper, you must cite your sources in order to:
There are various styles for citing sources (see box below). You will find that you may need to use one style if you are writing a paper for a literature course, and a different style if you are working in the sciences or social sciences.
Research tools exist to help you organize your sources and format your citations in a given style (see box to your left).
NYU's Writing Center is a place where any NYU student can get help with his or her writing.
Academic or scholarly work requires a bibliography, which may also be referred to as a works cited page, a citations list, or a reference list. Below are two examples of formatted citations.
A complete list of examples in APA, MLA, and other styles is found on the library's Citation Style Guide.
|A sample citation in APA format:||In-Text Citation|
|Book with one author||
|A sample citation in MLA format:|
|Journal article with two authors||
Collard, Scott, and Tempelman-Kluit, Nadaleen. "The Other Way In: Goal-Based Library Content Through CMS." Internet Reference Services Quarterly 11.4 (2006): 55-68. Print.
|(Collard and Tempelman-Kluit 63)|
Plagiarism (pronounced: play-juh-riz-um) is the act of taking someone else’s words, ideas, or information and passing them off as your own. If you don’t give credit to the author of these ideas in footnotes or endnotes and a bibliography, you are committing plagiarism, which is a serious academic offense.
you find that is written, whether in print in books and journals, or on the
web, should be considered copyrighted. That means that you should think
of it as belonging to someone else. Information that you find on the web is not
free to take or use – it is someone else’s intellectual property. Any
material lifted from an original source, including web resources, without
proper acknowledgement or credit is considered plagiarized. Inadvertent or accidental plagiarism is still plagiarism. Plagiarism can inadvertently happen if you are not careful about taking notes while you research; it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly where your ideas came from when you are doing research, so remember to cite your sources while you work.
It is your responsibility to know what constitutes plagiarism. Not knowing citation standards is not an excuse. When in doubt, err on the side of over-documentation and cite the source. You can also ask your professor, teaching assistant, or a librarian for help in determining what is and is not plagiarism.