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Citing Your Sources

This guide will help you cite your sources properly to avoid plagiarism in your writing. It also introduces various tools for creating and managing citations, including library-supported RefWorks.



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RefWorks is a proprietary citation manager. CCSU students, faculty and staff with a valid CCSU email address can sign up for a free account (see below for instructions). RefWorks is all online and can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, no software installation is required. Instructional support for RefWorks is provided by the Reference librarians on the 2nd floor.

With RefWorks, researchers can manage, store, edit, and share citations as well as generate bibliographies and works cited lists in multiple styles. Projects and folders allow for personalized organization. There are also plugins available to cite RefWorks items in Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

Check out the "Using RefWorks" section of this Guide (left navigation in desktop, above on mobile) for detailed instructions and tutorials on how to use RefWorks.

Create a RefWorks account

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal citation or abstract database by importing citations from research databases (EBSCOHost, JSTOR, etc.), the CentralSearch catalog, Google Scholar, or text files.

In order to use RefWorks, you must first sign up for an account. It is important to access RefWorks from the library database page because the URL is specific to Central Connecticut State University. Here is a shortcut to the appropriate link you will need to sign up for and use RefWorks:

How do I move my citations from the old RefWorks to the new RefWorks?

There are currently two version of RefWorks, an old version and a new version. Both versions of RefWorks are active; however, the old version of RefWorks will be phased out. All students, faculty members, and staff who still use the old version of RefWorks are encouraged to create an account in the new version of RefWorks and migrate all their references from the old version to the new version.

Follow the step-by-step PDF instructions below to learn how to create an account in the new version of RefWorks and how to move your references from the old version to the new version.

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