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EXSC 331 : Scientific Writing : Writing & Citing

Get Help at CWLT

The Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching (CWLT), located in Howarth 109, offers students opportunities to get help on all aspects of the writing process.  Services include:

  • Writing Advisors who are selected through a rigorous application process and who are specially trained to help students get started on a paper, organize their thoughts, or improve their editing skills.
  • Peer Tutors in a wide range of subjects who are nominated by professors in their disciplines and who are specially trained to help students individually or in small groups.
  • Language Partners who work with multilingual students to help them navigate the conventions and quirks of academic English writing.
  • Academic Consultants who are specially trained to help students improve their time management skills, organization, study skills, and test-taking strategies.

Sound Writing


Sound Writing is the official writing handbook on campus, written by student writing advisors and specifically tailored to the needs of Puget Sound students and their faculty.

In addition to supporting the development of successful academic writing skills, Sound Writing also includes sections on research methods, writing in the disciplines, and more.

Sound Writing provides help with three citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago (notes & bibliography).

Current Edition: 2020

Citation Management Tools

The University of Puget Sound supports two citation management tools which can make your life MUCH easier.

Zotero and Refworks

Both of these tools do basically the same thing: allow you to easily import citations for sources that you find into a library, where you can organize them, keep track of them, and (best of all!) spit them out as properly-formatted citations in just about any citation style that you want. Both have plug-ins for MS Word to allow you to insert citations as you type. 

How to choose?

  • Do you primarily use your own laptop for research? Either RefWorks OR Zotero. 
  • Do you use many different computers (your own laptop, computer lab, library computers, etc)? RefWorks would be a more convenient choice. 
  • Do you use Google Docs for most of your research? RefWorks has a Google Docs add-in.
  • Try them both and see which one you find easier to use!

For this class, you'll need to use the Vancouver style of citing your sources. Both Zotero & RefWorks can create bibliographies and in-text citations using Vancouver style.

Citing Sources

Citations are key to participating in the scholarly community. They are a way to converse with other scholars, but they also:

  • Give fair credit to others for their ideas, creations, and expressions.
  • Back up claims and statements.
  • Provide a way for an interested reader to learn more.
  • Support academic integrity.

Consult Citation Tools to learn more about different citation styles.  Collins Library also supports two knowledge management tools:  RefWorks and Zotero.

Need Help?

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Stuck? Need Help? This guide is only an introduction to the many resources available to you. 

If you have any questions at all, or if you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Eli!

Eli Gandour-Rood

Science Librarian
tel: (253) 879-3678
office:  Collins Library 117