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Library Orientation for Online Students

Using Information Ethically

This page introduces you to resources that are designed to make using the appropriate style, writing bibliographies and citing sources easier and more accurate.


Want to practice avoiding plagiarism? Work through this tutorial: How to Recognize Plagiarism: Tutorials & Tests

Choosing a Citation Manager

Citation managers are amazing tools that can do so much for your research process, including:

Organize and save citations/articles.

Create in-text citations.

Share citations/articles with colleagues.

Generate Reference Lists in a wide range of styles.

  Zotero EndNote
URL zotero.org Through MCPHS Library or endnote.com
Pricing Free, optionally you can buy additional storage. Subscription through MCPHS, but not after graduation.
Citation Styles all common styles all common styles
PDF Storage automatically manually add
Word Processor Plug-Ins (in-text citations, bibliographies) yes yes
Web-Based Access yes yes
Desktop Synced Library yes yes
Browser Extension Tool yes yes
Generate Reference Lists yes yes
Mobile Option Mobile site & bookmarklet iPad app

The Cite Button

The majority of the Library's e-resources can generate a single citation for you.

Places to look for the Cite Button or other Citation Tools in E-Resouces:

  • The right-hand menu on the article abstract page.
  • At the top of the results list.
  • Immediately under each citation in the results list.
  • At the very bottom of an article or article abstract page.

Other Online Citation Tools

This is a selection of other citation generators & tools that can help you create citations and manage bibliographies.  Remember, though, that no online citation generator is 100% accurate.  Please be sure to check your citations to make sure that they're correct! 

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