Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person's work, you must document the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the authors proper credit.
Citations allow readers to:
Think of documenting your sources as providing a trail for your reader to follow to see the research you performed and discover what led you to your original contribution.
Failing to do so constitutes plagarism, which comes with serious academic consequences. As you gather sources, make sure you have all the information you need to cite a source, even if you're not 100% sure you'll use the source.
View this guide, Giving Credit Where Credit is Due, to learn more about why and how to cite sources.
The following print style guides are available in the University Library. Click on the title to determine where the book is shelved. Some books may be in the Reference Stacks on the 2nd floor of Library North, while others will be in the General Collection.
Zotero is a free Firefox plugin that easily saves citations from GIL and most library databases, as well as sites like Amazon and the New York Times online. See the Zotero information page for help and useful tips.
Endnote is a widely-used bibliographic reference software program that can help you organize your citations. It is free to Georgia State faculty, staff and students.
Please see the EndNote information page if you have questions about Endnote.
Don't want to download the software? Use EndNoteWeb, the Web-based version that allows you to access your citations from any computer, any where, any time. Go to the EndNoteWeb homepage for more information.