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Why Citing is Important
It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
- To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
- To be a responsible writer and researcher by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
- To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
- To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way a bibliography or reference list
AMA Manual of Style by
Call Number: R119 .A533 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-15
For decades indispensable, the AMA Manual of Style continues to provide editorial support to the medical and scientific publishing community. Since the 1998 publication of the 9th edition, however, the world of medical publishing has rapidly modernized, and the intersection of research and publishing has become ever more complex.
The Manual of Scientific Style by
Call Number: T11 .M36 2009x
Publication Date: 2009-04-27
Much like the Chicago Manual of Style, The Manual of Scientific Style addresses all stylistic matters in the relevant disciplines of physical and biological science, medicine, health, and technology. It presents consistent guidelines for text, data, and graphics, providing a comprehensive and authoritative style manual that can be used by the professional scientist, science editor, general editor, science writer, and researcher.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by
Call Number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
Publication Date: 2009-07-15
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioural sciences.
APA Made Easy by
Call Number: BF76.8 .M38 2013x
Publication Date: 2012-05-15
APA Made Easy is the only blueprint that you will need for writing in APA style. This comprehensive writing guide includes illustrated steps for formatting an APA document.
What to Cite
You must cite:
Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge
Ideas, words, theories, or exact language that another person used in other publications
Publications that must be cited include: books, book chapters, articles, web pages, theses, etc.
Another person's exact words should be quoted and cited to show proper credit
When in doubt, be safe and cite your source!
EndNote is a software program that allows you to collect and organize all those citations you need when writing your manuscripts. (Other similar programs are Mendeley, Zotero, Reference Manager and Papers. EndNote is the only one supported by Mayo Clinic)
You can import citations from a variety of different online bibliographic databases (PubMed, Ovid, CINAHL) or from publisher's websites. You can import citations from journal articles, book chapters, web pages, legal rules, etc.
It eliminates the arduous task of keying in all that information when you're formatting your bibliography in your word processing program (typically Microsoft Word).