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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.

Concept Mapping Tools

Online concept mapping tools can be useful at many stages of the research process:

  • When you are beginning to explore your topic area and are trying to see what the parameters and interrelationships are;
  • When you need to narrow your focus to a particular research question;
  • When you are organizing and connecting the various elements of your response to your research question;
  • When you are drafting your paper with your thesis.

Coggle is one of the more versatile free online concept mapping tools.

Milanote also offers a free version and is especially good for concept-mapping notes.