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Citing your Sources: General Information

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General information on citing


  • To avoid plagarism. For more information see the OWL at Purdue guide:
  • To acknowledge the work of other writers.
  • To enable other researchers and professors to trace your sources.
  • To show how your research or paper follows on from or advances previous work.

Deciding which reference style to use

  • When citing in papers as part of your Medical School Curriculum check with your instructor on which format to use.
  • When citing for publication remember that different journals require different formats so read the "instructors to authors" section for individual information.
  • Ensure that you use the same style throughout your paper and check which version of a format you are using as updates occur regularly.
  • The College Of Medicine does not have a set style but you should use NLM/Vancouver or AMA style

Organizing your references -RefWorks


All FAU students and Faculty have free access to RefWorks.

"RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies."

RefWorks is a service that FAU Libraries has subscribed to that should alleviate one of the most tedious aspects of doing research, keeping track of sources and then citing them within a research paper and the bibliography.

A helpful guide to Refworks:

Organizing your References - EndNote

EndNote has a basic, free web version available anytime for anyone.

"EndNote® enables you to move seamlessly through your research process with flexible tools for searching, organizing and sharing your research, creating your bibliography and writing your paper. You can sync your EndNote library across your desktop, online, and iPad so all your references, attachments, and groups can be accessed from anywhere."

EndNote Basic:

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • 20 most popular bibliographic styles
  • 2GB of file storage
  • Search the 6 most popular databases
  • Webpage reference capture


To create a free account click here: