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Computer Science: Writing & Citing

When to cite your sources

Writing

Resources to help with the writing process.

Citation manager supported by Waterloo

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Refworks allows users to create their own personal citation database easily and quickly by importing references from text files or online databases. Users can then can use these references in writing their papers and automatically format the bibliography. Works with BibTeX in LaTeX.

Writing and Communication Centre

The Writing and Communication Centre drop-ins will only be offered at Dana Porter Monday to Friday 11am - 2pm from July 31st to August 22nd.

The Writing Centre also offers pre-booked appointments. See the Writing Centre's website for more information.

 

Cite Right

Citation style guides

A citation style guide describes a specific way of citing materials (books, articles, websites, etc.), in your paper. There are many difference style guides to choose from. Check with your instructor to see which guide you need to follow.

Other citation managers

Citing information

Why do we cite information?

  • To give credit
  • So readers can verify the source
  • So readers can look up the source to learn more
  • To document the progression of ideas
  • To add credibility to your work

When do we cite information?

  • When the idea is not yours
  • When the idea is not common knowledge

How do we cite information?

  • Quoting: If you use an author's exact words, you must add quotation marks around those words in your paper. This must be followed by an in text citation
  • Paraphrasing: If you use an author's idea but explain it in your own way using your own words, you must follow this by an in text citation
  • Every work you cite must also be listed in a reference list at the end of your paper
  • A citation style guide describes a specific way of citing materials (books, articles, websites, etc.), in your paper. These guides will show you what information needs to be included and how to format an in text citation and a reference at the end of the paper.