When doing research it is often necessary to consult other research. When you use an idea or statistic that comes from another source, you need to reference that source; failure to do so is considered plagiarism.
The citation is the reference to that original source (i.e., book, paper, article, web site, etc.).
Citing sources gives credit to the original author, enables readers to find the original source and strengthens your work.
A citation usually includes five important pieces of information:
Citation management software is a tool designed to make your work easier!
There are many great features:
This guide discusses three options: