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Amazing tool that connects you with NUS E-journals and other resources when you are searching the Web.
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Academic writing & citation
In academic writing you must cite any text or idea that is not your own original work. Even if you phrase an author's idea in your own words, you must cite the original source. This is to give credit to the original author, and also so that your reader can trace your sources and references.
Proper citation usually includes in-text citations or footnotes to indicate where and when you are referencing a source, and a bibliography or reference list with more complete information so that the source can be located if necessary.
There are many helpful guides online (e.g. those in the box below) that will help you to cite your sources. There are many citation styles with their own rules for style and formatting. Have a look at the tools, guides, and online resources, or Ask A Librarian if you have any questions!
The Chicago Manual of Style
Citation Management Tools
Citation management tools allow you to organize your research. In addition to saving citation information and linking to PDFs, many programs also assist with in-text citations and bibliography formatting.
Not sure which manager to use, take a look at the Subject Guide: Citation Managers
EndNote is used mainly for the sciences and social sciences. Download it from NUS Software Center.
Mendeley is used in humanities and social sciences, and allows for easy sharing of references.
Zotero - Research Guide
Zotero is a Firefox add-on that facilitates collecting, managing and citing journal articles, books, and other materials. Also works with Chrome and Safari.