What's the big deal? Why is it important to cite books, journal articles, web sites. etc when writing a research paper? It's not just about plagiarism! Think of it this way: You're hanging out with your friends and "Joe" someone makes the comment, "The proposed Health Care reforms will cause taxes to increase." Later that evening you lean over to someone and say, "The proposed Health Care reforms will cause taxes to increase." Your friend looks at you and says, "How do you know?" You respond, "Because Joe told me." You have just cited "Joe" as the source of your knowledge. The thing to do at this point is find out where Joe got his information to see if it is a valid statement. This is how scholarship works. Authors build their arguments on the basis of what others have written or said. Scholarship is an ongoing "dialog" and your writing contributes to this dialog.
In a nutshell, all writers must cite material...
Librarians are often asked"How do I cite this book/journal article/web site in my research paper?" There is not one correct way to cite something. Writing guides (commonly referred to as style manuals) provide rules and instruction on research paper composition.
You should use a style manual in order to properly cite materials, set up footnotes or in-text citations, and/or a works cited list (aka: reference list, bibliography.) Here at Wilmington University, the APA Style is used in all classes.
RefWorks can help you save, organize and share references. References can be added to your Microsoft Word documents as in-text citations and reference lists formatted in any citation style you choose. Sign up for a free account (free for WilmU faculty, staff and students).
RefWorks is web-based, so you can access it on any Internet-enabled device, including your smart phone or tablet.
You may also use RefWorks offline using the Write-N-Cite tool in Microsoft Word. Information on getting started with Write-N-Cite is listed here and the functionality applies to both online and offline usage.
Wilmington University students, faculty, staff and alumni can use RefWorks to: