The Right Thing to Do
Citing sources is an important part of academic culture -- you're building on the contributions of others while seeking new discoveries, knowledge, and understanding.
- Always cite sources when you use someone else's ideas or work
- Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism, a violation of UHCL's Academic Honesty Policy, even if done unintentionally
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, open-source citation management software that uses a web browser extension to save screenshots, full-text PDFs, and citation information from websites, databases, library catalogs, and other search tools with a single click.
With Zotero you can:
- Save citation information, screenshots, and available full-text
- Access your library online and sync to multiple devices
- Use folders and tags to organize your research
- Create group libraries for collaborative projects
- Generate citations and bibliographies in Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice
Always verify output with the latest edition of official style manuals.
- NoodleBib (now NoodleTools) Express was among the most accurate of free citation builders tested in 2011 by H. F. Chang, Oklahoma State Univ. Library
- Mendeley is a free, downloadable citation management program that offers storage, organizational, and sharing options
- Both support APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles
Do you need to cite a source but lack complete information or aren't sure where you found something? Try searching all you do have (author? title? a source name?) in Google Scholar. If that doesn't help, contact us.