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English: Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition: Citing Your Sources

Citation Managers

What is a citation manager?

A citation manager is a piece of software that helps you organize your research and create bibliographies, reference lists or works cited pages. Citation managers generally offer a range of citation styles and features to choose from.

Citation management workshops

View recordings of past webinars on our Training page.

Recordings are available for Endnote (X9 version only), RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Desktop, and Introduction to Citation Management. See how citation management software can help your create your bibliography and keep track of your references in this 40 second video.

Note: Librarians at Snell have created tutorials for setting up shortcuts for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).

What is Plagiarism?

The NU Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as "intentionally representing the words, ideas, or data of another as one’s own in any academic exercise without providing proper citation."

  • Plagiarism is an act of cheating.
  • It disrupts the trust between a student and an instructor, and among classmates.
  • It may result in a failing grade for an assignment, or even dismissal from a course.
  • It can lead to a ruined reputation and loss of one's job.

Since it is a serious violation of intellectual integrity, plagiarism harms the reputation of the university as well as the individual.

For more information, see our guide to Avoiding Plagiarism.