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Introduction to Civil Engineering

Introduction to the Cal Poly Pomona Library for CE students.

Citing Your Work

When you write a research paper or report you need to include a bibliography or a list of the books, articles, or other publications that you used in your research. Citing your sources:

  • Lets your readers know that what you write is based on established research, that you didn't just make it up.
  • It helps any readers who want to retrace your steps or recreate your work.
  • And it demonstrates your knowledge of the field and your familiarity with the professional literature.

Many guides are available to help students format citations for bibliographies and notes. These guides are called STYLE MANUALS or STYLE GUIDES. Use the style manual recommended by your professor.

Some Civil Engineering professors suggest that students use the ASCE style manual. See:

Other popular style manuals are APA, MLA, and Turabian. See FAQ: How Do I Write a Citation? for links and more information.

Citation Managers

EndNote Web
A citation management tool available as part of our Web of Science (WoS) subscription. To use EndNote Web, connect to Web of Science and look for the My EndNote Web link near the top of the screen. You'll need to create a personal account in WoS to use EndNote Web. Tutorials are available.

Zotero
A  free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

Zotero Introduction
A gide to using Zotero to collect, organize, and cite your sources.