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The University of Arizona

ENTR 485 - Innovating: Creating the Future (Spring 2019)

Your librarians and instructors developed this guide to help you do research for your team's semester-long innovation project.

Citing sources

Why cite?

It's important to cite your sources, for a variety of reasons:

  • To give credit to the author(s) of your sources.
  • To allow your readers to locate your sources.
  • To show that you thoroughly researched your topic and can support your claims.
  • So you don't get in trouble for plagiarizing.

"If it is not your original words or ideas, give credit to the person whose words or ideas you are using," advises the UA's Dean of Students Office. Plagiarism violates the UA Code of Academic Integrity. You don't want to face these sanctions.

Using a citation style

For this project, you can use any style. Just be consistent and use the same style throughout your project. Here are links to guides for 3 commonly used styles:


These guides will help you format citations correctly:

Managing citations


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. If you've never used Zotero before, you'll need to download it and then register for a free account. For help getting started, see the Zotero Quick Start Guide.

Group members can use Zotero Groups to collaborate on their project. Members can create a new Zotero group and then share project resources online.

NOTE: If you prefer using RefWorks, Mendeley, or EndNote Web, those programs are fine too.

Avoiding plagiarism