It is important to cite the resources you use when researching a paper for many reasons.
Why do I need to cite?
How do I cite?
What is Plagiarism?
Northeastern University Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as:
"..... as using as one’s own the words, ideas, data, code, or other original academic material of another without providing proper citation or attribution. Plagiarism can apply to any assignment, either final or drafted copies, and it can occur either accidentally or deliberately. Claiming that one has “forgotten” to document ideas or material taken from another source does not exempt one from plagiarizing."
The following sources require citation:
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 and read the policy on Northeastern University Academic Integrity Policy.
Citation Management software are great tools for collecting and managing your references, and auto-form citations and bibliographies in your papers. Be sure to check with a professor or advisor about whether not your program requires a specific citation manager.
Northeastern Library currently supports EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley. EndNote and Refworks are licensed by current NU faculty, staff, and students. Zotero is an open sourced software and the free version of Mendeley is supported.
Use our Comparison Chart to help you decide which software would be the best for you.
Northeastern Library also runs citation management workshops in the fall and spring semesters. The recordings of past workshops are available.