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Citing Sources & Plagiarism

How to correctly cite research sources and avoid plagiarism.

Citation Managers

Citation Managers are software applications that allow you to:

  • collect and organize your research
  • format citations for written assignments
  • share sources with group members or professors

Citation Managers (RefWorks, Mendeley, Endnote Web)

Citation managers make citing your sources easier.  A citation manager is a software application that allows you to:

  • import/export citations/references from library databases,library catalog, and the Internet into your citation manager.
  • gather, store, and organize your citations/references and other related information (pdf files, online articles, etc.)i
  • format citations/references and generate bibliographies quickly in a variety of styles (MLA, APA, IEEE, Chicago, etc.).
  • Share information (citations and documents) with group member, colleagues, etc.

Citation managers at Evans Library are: RefWorks,  EndNote basic from Web of Science,  and MENDELEY ( 


RefWorks is an online citation manager available from the Evans Library.  RefWorks is free for Florida Tech students, faculty, and staff.

With RefWorks you can:

  • import/export references from online databases and store them online in RefWorks,
  • keep track and organize references/citations,
  • format and create references/citations in a variety of styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.),
  • generate bibliographies in seconds and export to a Word document,
  • access your citations/references from any computer, anywhere, any time.

Getting started with RefWorks:

  1. Go to the Library's homepage at
  2. Under the Research Support tab, select Citing Sources.  Then select RefWorks. You may need to log in with your TRACKS account.


Mendeley is a free online citation manager that allows you to store citation information and create bibliographies.  With Mendeley you can also add and organize your PDFs, share information with other scholars, and look at other members' research publications. To download Mendeley go to:

Get tips and instructions on using Mendeley at: