Ask A Librarian: DC Library
Does the Library offer tools and/or support for correct citation?
The JH Libraries have numerous resources to help create and/or store citations, organize your research, build bibliographies and footnotes, avoid plagiarism, and more. Your professor will tell you if she or he prefers a particular citation style. See the Citing Sources Guide for various options.
Avoiding Plagiarism Course
Plagiarism is defined as taking for your own use the words, ideas, concepts or data of someone else without giving proper credit. Students are encouraged to take the self-paced Avoiding Plagiarism Course, on MyLearning, to learn the basics of avoiding plagiarism during your academic career and beyond. For more information, see the Sheridan Libraries’ Avoiding Plagiarism guide and your program's link on the Academic Integrity Policies page.
A citation or reference “manager” is a tool that helps you store and organize citations, create bibliographies with just a few clicks, add citations to your documents, and change citation style as needed.
RefWorks is a web-based product provided by Johns Hopkins to all current affiliates and accessible to you after you graduate. From RefWorks, choose “login from my institution.” First time users must provide a Johns Hopkins email address and fill out a short form. For subsequent logins, choosing “login from my institution” will lead you to the familiar JHED login screen. See the library's RefWorks Guide for more information.
Zotero is a free "open source" citation manager. For Zotero help, including a link to download the product, see their Quick Start Guide, as well as guides from Oregon State and/or Georgia State. This 6-minute YouTube video is a good "first look" at how Zotero works. Note that Zotero also has features for highlighting / annotating PDFs.
An alternative to using citation managers is to learn the basics of a particular style.
Chicago Manual of Style citations come in two varieties: (1) author-date and (2) notes and bibliography. The latter is particularly useful if you plan to use footnotes in your paper. The Chicago Quick Guide gives sample citations for various type of resources. [more details]
APA is a widely-used style sourced from the American Psychological Association. Academic Writer is APA's online version of its style guide. [more details]
MLA (Modern Language Association)'s online MLA Handbook Plus is for the 9th edition (2021). [more details]