Keep track of the sources you use for your research so you can cite them in your paper and bibliography. It is very important to cite your sources to provide appropriate credit for the ideas of other researchers to avoid plagiarism. You will create a citation whenever you use the words (direct quote) or ideas (paraphrase) from another author. Failing to do so is a violation of the K-State Honor Code.
You will most likely be asked to use APA format to cite the materials you find. You can find the complete APA citation manual on reserve at Hale Library.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an excellent resource for APA and other citation formats. The APA Style Blog (an official publication of APA) answers questions about tricky citation issues.
Many databases have a "cite" link on the records that will help you create a citation in the appropriate format, like this one in ERIC:
You might want to consider using a bibliographic management tool. It will save you lots of time in writing your bibliographies, but be sure to proofread - it isn't perfect! Zotero is a good (free) citation management option. Zotero has a quick start guide, and you can find many Zotero tutorials online.
Note: As of Fall 2019, K-State will be canceling its subscription to RefWorks.
Find more citation tools on our Citations and Bibliographies research guide.