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Physics: Citations

Citing Sources

Check out these sites for tips on citing sources:

Elements of a Citation

Example MLA Article Citation (Click to Enlarge)

Common elements of an article citation
  • Author
  • Article Title
  • Source Title (Journal, Magazine, or Newspaper)
  • Volume & Issue
  • Date
  • Pages
  • Online: database name, access date, and/or DOI

Popular Citation Managers in Science & Engineering

BibTeX was created for use with LaTeX software, but now compatabile with other software.  Widely used in math, science and engineering.  More help can be found in the Rough Guide to BibTex and the UH Math Dept BibTeX guide.

EndNote Home

A personal citation library designed to directly import references from multiple databases. In EndNote you can organize and manage your citations, share them with colleagues, and format bibliographies. Each record is linked to the original source, allowing for quick retrieval.

A personal citation library designed to directly import references from multiple databases and store PDFs. In addition to these capabilities, researchers can add annotation and tags to each record.

Google Scholar - Citations

Google Scholar is an excellent tool for searching across a set of scholarly journals and books. If you use a citation tool like EndNote or RefWorks, you can also set your Scholar Settings to download and import citations to the tools directly. 

  • Click this link
  • Select a citation style, e.g., EndNote.
  • Then, Save the settings.

You’ll see the EndNote link next to your search results. Click the link to download the citation, then open EndNote to import it. ‚Äč

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