18 Citation Management

Learning Objectives

After completing this section you will be able to:

  • Use citation managers to effectively organize your citations
  • Make sure you are citing properly
  • Avoid plagiarism
Why do we cite?

It’s important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:

  • To back up your claims – show you’ve done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
  • To give credit – be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism – do not claim the words and ideas of other authors
Why do we use citation managers?

Citation managers are software that can help you:

  • Collect research materials
  • Organize research materials
  • Collaborate and share research materials
  • Cite while you write in Word, Google Docs or Open Office
  • Generate an up-to-date BibTeX file (.bib) to cite in LaTeX

It is highly recommended that you use a citation manager in your research


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