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April 18, 2009

Need help with citations? APA, MLA, Chicago & more

If you need help with your citations, there is help available!

The first place to check is called QuickStudy: Citing Sources. This online guide is available through the library website and offers general information on how to recognize and avoid plagiarism and how to cite sources using the three most common styles at the U of M which are: APA, MLA and Chicago.

The QuickStudy tutorial is available at: http://tutorial.lib.umn.edu/infomachine2367.html

Refworks citation manager

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What is a citation manager?

A citation manager can help you track the citations for the articles and books that you plan on using in your research. It can provide links directly back to online sources so that you don't have to run a search for that article or website every time you want to look for the information. It can also help you format your bibliography/references page correctly.

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How do I get a Refworks account?

You can sign up for a Refworks account online at: http://www.lib.umn.edu/site/refworks.phtml. It only takes a minute or two and the account is created immediately.

How much does it cost?

If you are a student at the U of M then the Refworks account is provided to you free of charge.

What does it do?

Refworks allows you to save time in formatting your citations, keeps track of your citations for you and many databases at the U of M are directly linked to Refworks making exporting your citations into your account quick and simple.

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