Research Resource of the Month: Cite Them Right Online

Cite Them Right Online is a great tool that gives you quick access to reference layouts for hundreds of different source types, from journal articles to Facebook posts to financial reports – even citing dance recitals is covered!  The main reference style is Harvard, but you can also find options for MLA, APA, MHRA, Vancouver and Chicago for many common types of source.

The “basics” section gives a whistle-stop tour of the background behind referencing: why we do it, what it is, and how to set citations out in your writing. You can also find out more about quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, and how to lay out a Harvard Style reference list. There’s also a section on the main rules for the other referencing systems it covers.

Cite Them Right Online is for you if:

  • You mostly use Harvard
  • You prefer to do your referencing by hand rather than use bibliographic management software
  • You need a reference source so you can check if your bibliographic management software has made a mistake!
  • You’re looking for a simple tool to help your students learn to reference properly from scratch.

There’s also a book version of Cite Them Right Online if you’d rather use a print copy: find it in our libraries at 808.027 PEA.

Prefer to let software do the work for you? Find out more about ProQuest RefWorks.

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RefWorks Library guide

Ever considered using reference management software?

Some advantages are:

Store your references in one place and organised in folders
Search, edit your references etc.
Create bibliographies and in text citations
Access your references over the Internet
Sharing your references with other researchers
Saving PDFs/ links to full text resources

City University London subscribes to RefWorks, see our Library guide here. If you have studied elsewhere and wish to import your references, see here.

Reference Management tools

Reference management tools are useful for storing and sharing references and creating bibliographies and citing in texts. Different tools are available so you may wish to try them out, ask your supervisor, other colleagues and researchers in your department what they are using and look at their functionality before making a choice.

CiteULike: A free online tool for saving and sharing references, and for discovering academic papers as you can see what resources have been used by other researchers – see who is reading the same papers as you. There is no plug in for Word, but you can export citations into other software.

RefWorks An online research management, writing and collaboration tool. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Mendeley: A free academic reference management software for researchers. Enables you to save and share references via the Web. It is a free reference manager and social networking tool enabling you to save and share references and to read your papers anywhere via the web.

Zotero A plug in for the Firefox browser. It enables you to capture references from web pages. There is also a plug in for Word to enable you to insert references into your papers. Please note that you must use Firefox to use Zotero.

RefWorks

See You Tube video links here.

RefWorks is an online reference management tool where you can import your references, manage them in folders and produce bibliographies. You can cite references in documents and use different styles.

The first time you use it, you will have to create an account but then you can access it over the Internet.

Access it on the Library catalogue at: http://www.city.ac.uk/library