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Doing Global Research: Organiznig & Citing Your Sources

Citing Sources


Style manuals are guides that tell you where/how to properly cite sources. For this class, you will be using Chicago (also available in print and online, Duke-only versions).
Check out these sites for tips on Citing Music Sources and Citing Images.

The Writing Studio

The Writing Studio offers an opportunity to meet with trained writing tutors to discuss individual work-in-progress.

Understanding Citations

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Note (*) that journal titles are often abbreviated.  In most cases, you will need the full title to search for the journal in the online catalog or as an e-journal. Try:

  • Selecting a link for the "full citation" or "complete reference" in an online source
  • Selecting the link for a database's source list, and then looking for your journal title
  • Looking in the beginning of a print journal, book or periodical index, as there may be an abbreviations list
  • Looking in the book Periodical Title Abbreviations, available at the Perkins Reference Desk and Lilly Ready Reference
  • All That JAS: Journal Abbreviation Sources provides links for the natural and social sciences, law, and philosophy
  • When in doubt, ask a librarian.

Organizing References

Consider using citation management software to collect, organize, share and format citations. Check out this citation tool comparison chart. 

Endnote Citation Tool
Desktop client, over 5000 different styles, export from many library resources
Mendeley Citation Tool
Free, web-based tool, social networking functionality
RefWorks Citation Tool
Web-based tool, export from many library resources
Zotero Citation Tool
Free, web-based tool, save items via web browser