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ARTH 302: Art of Mexico and Mesoamerica: Citing Sources

This guide is intended as a starting point for Puget Sound students exploring topics for a research paper assignment.

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.


RefWorks is a tool designed to import references from multiple databases and automatically format your papers and bibliographies in a variety of style guides, including Chicago, MLA and APA.

  • To access RefWorks, enter your personal login name and password. First time users need to sign up for an individual account. 
  • For tips on how to import citations into RefWorks from different vendors/databases, go here.
  • Make sure you turn off any pop-up blockers

A separate tool you can download from within RefWorks is Write-N-Cite. It works within WORD and allows you to cite references within your paper. If you open it from the desktop icon or the Start menu, it will automatically open a copy of Word for you.

A Word of Caution! Always verify that the output from RefWorks matches the latest requirements of the style.  Also check for missing data in the output.

See RefWorks tutorial for more information.