In the biomedical sciences and allied health fields, the most popular citation styles are the APA Style (American Psychological Association) and Vancouver Style (also known as the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/). APA is used by nursing and most allied health sciences disciplines.
Consider using a citation management software to simplify the process of collecting, organizing, and formatting your citations. UI Libraries has a campus wide subscription to EndNote. The desktop version is available for faculty, staff, and graduate students, and the online version (EndNote Basic) is available for all affiliates.
The library offers group instruction or individual consultation for both tools. For more information in either tool, view the citing sources guide.
Here's a short list of reasons you should cite:
--To avoid plagiarism
--To give credit where deserved
--To help your readers with their research
--To indicate that there is support for your argument or idea
What needs to be cited?
--Direct quotes, sentences, or phrases
--Paraphrases, which are summarized or re-phrased content
--Articles or studies that you refer to in your paper
--Historical or statistical facts
--Graphs, images, or charts
--Use of author's argument
What does not need to be cited?
--Proverbs and very well-known quotations
--Common knowledge. Think about facts that are common knowledge for a well-educated adult. When in doubt, cite
What about information I find on the web?
--You need to cite it unless it meets criteria above