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Reading, Writing and Citing

Reading Resources

Strategies for Reading Academic Articles, The Writing Center, George Mason University

How to read an academic article (Inside Higher Education)

How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article (Kishwaukee College Library)

Writing Resources

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell University)

How to paraphrase to avoid plagiarism (Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison) 

Plagiarism Tutorial (University of Maryland, University College) 

Citing Resources

Style Manual and Citation Guides (USC Thomas Cooper Library) 

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue University)

Academic Reference Management

Mendely is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device. 

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. 

EndNote is a reference management software package that can be used to manage references when writing. Student version is around $114. 

RefWorks is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations ad bibliographies. $100 for a 12 month subscription that includes feature upgrades and online support. 

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