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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Resources: Citing Sources

Why is it important to cite your sources?


√  Everything written is someone's intellectual property.

√  You must give credit to the owner.

√  You may paraphrase, summarize or quote directly, but you still have to cite it.

√  Photographs, charts, illustrations are all copyrighted materials.

√  Websites are copyright protected too.

Plagiarism:  To take and use as one's own (the thoughts, writings, inventions, etc., of another person) improperly without acknowledgement; pass off the thoughts, work, etc., of another person as one's own.

What is a citation??

A citation reflects all of the information a person would need to locate a particular source. For example, basic citation information for a book consists of name(s) of author(s) or editor(s), title of book, name of publisher, place of publication, and most recent copyright date.
A citation style dictates the information necessary for a citation and how the information is ordered, as well as punctuation and other formatting.

A bibliography lists citations for all of the relevant resources a person consulted during his or her research.

In an annotated bibliography, each citation is followed by a brief note—or annotation—that describes and/or evaluates the source and the information found in it.

A works cited list presents citations for those sources referenced in a particular paper, presentation, or other composition.
An in-text citation consists of just enough information to correspond to a source's full citation in a Works Cited list. In-text citations often require a page number (or numbers) showing exactly where relevant information was found in the original source.


What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage your citations.  RefWorks functions with Microsoft Word and other word processors to create footnotes, citations and a bibliography for your paper, formatted into the correct style (MLA, APA, Chicago Style, etc.). In addition, RefWorks allows you to save and organize your citations as you do research. Each reference can be extensively annotated to make the writing process easier.  

To get started with RefWorks, go to RefWorks from any computer. Select the RefWorks link. You will need to set up an account for yourself by clicking on the "Sign up for a New Account" link next to New to RefWorks?

Citation Managers

  • RefWorks  
    Easy way to generate and save lists of resources.
  • EasyBib  
    MLA is free. APA and Chicago/Turabian are subscription. Formats being used are MLA 7th ed, APA 5th ed., Chicago 15th ed., Turabian 7th ed.
  • KnightCite   
    MLA, APA, Chicago. KnightCite was updating to MLA 7th.
  • Zotero
    Zotero is a free, easy to use bibliographic manager that collects, organizes, and helps you cite your research. It has desktop, online, and browser-integrated versions. It comes with the most heavily used citation styles already available, but you can download many more.