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ECE 401 Overview of Information Resources (UNH Durham) : Saving & Citing

Notes and links for ECE 401 with Dr. Richard Messner, Fall 2020

Bibliographic Management Software


As a UNH faculty, staff, or student you can create a free RefWorks account. RefWorks allows you to import citation information directly from many of the databases available through UNH and arrange your sources in folders.  RefWorks uses this citation information to generate and format bibliographies and in-text citations according to the style of your choosing. The RefWorks tutorials are broken down by subject and extremely helpful and easy to follow. 


Zotero is a free, open source bibliographic management tool that operates as an extension of the Firefox browser.   Zotero allows the collection of citations to any kind of material and automatically formats bibliographies in almost any style.  Zotero also has many search, tagging, and note taking features.  Visit the Zotero quick start guide to learn more. 


EndNote is another option, which you can buy at the UNH Computer Store (academic discount); it is also offered when you use the Web of Science database, which the library subscribes to.  This enables users to collect, organize, and format citations from Web of Science and other databases on the same platform, such as Biosis (Biological Abstracts) and Medline.  To register, go into the Web of Science database and click on "EndNote" at the top of the screen.  Endnote accounts can be accessed from any computer here or off-campus. 

Citing your sources

When to cite: Cite your sources when you: quote, paraphrase, use their ideas, or use their images.  Citing good sources makes you look good as an author.  When in doubt, cite!

How to cite:  Use the style guide recommended by your instructor.  If there is no recommendation, the Library has many books on communication and writing for engineers and others in technical professions. 

Save, export, or email citations from databases when you search for articles.  You can use software to organize (see box to the left) and also to re-format your citations for papers you are writing. 

Here are selected guides: