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It is important to document where you get your information from. You do this by creating references, or citations. Follow formatting guidelines provided by your instructor. Styles for creating references include APA, Chicago, MLA.
WVU Libraries subscribes to some tools that can assist you in preparing your bibliography.
Citing your sources helps you to avoid plagiarism. The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." WVU's Student Code of Conduct in Section 6.2.u (page 19) specifically warns against plagiarism.
Use EndNote Web to create a personal database of references to articles, books and other research sources - create an account to begin. You must be on campus or connected to the campus network through VPN to create an account.You must also connect to the campus computer network either in-person or through VPN every 12 months to renew the cookie that authorizes your access to EndNote Web.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Download Zotero Standalone as a separate application or install as a Firefox extension to begin.