There are different styles of citation, American Psychological Association (APA) is recommended for social science. If you are not assigned a style for your assignment, it does not matter what you use as long as you are consistent and use the same style through out. You will use in-line citations and a reference list at the end of your work.
Already have Zotero and need some help? If you don't have time to meet with a librarian or go to a workshop, we highly recommend the Zotero resources.
Zotero: A free open access citation management tool that you can download and use as a web browser widget. We have a helpful handout in our academic repository.
Citation management software makes mining and using information resources easier and more effective, helping you to:
All knowledge is built from previous knowledge. As you research, you create your own ideas based off of what you have read or watched. When you put your ideas on paper, you must distinguish between the building block ideas borrowed from other people by citing the sources that inspired your line of inquiry. Readers should be able to find each source you have mentioned through your accurate citations.
Plagiarism happens when we copy/paste someone else's work directly in our own paper without citation or when we paraphrase someone else's work without attributing the idea to them. Paraphrasing counts as plagiarism.