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ANT 190: Animals Through the Ages

Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf, Spring 2024

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Citing Your Sources

Ask Dr. Lonsdorf which citation style you should use for your paper. Biological Anthropologists often use use the American Journal of Biological Anthropology Style, or the American Psychological Association Style (APA).

The Emory Libraries Citing Your Sources Guide provides information about why to cite sources, how to avoid plagiarism, how to avoid common mistakes, and a list of style manuals.

You can also visit websites with basic guidelines on how to use common style formats. Some good websites include:

Note: APA Style, 7th edition (2020) is not available as an e-book, but the links above provide good guidance.

If you are not using a citation manager (e.g. MendeleyZotero, or EndNote), today is the day to start. The citation manager will automatically format your citations and bibliography, but don't forget to check it for accuracy!

The library offers workshops in Zotero and Endnote (upcoming classes).

Citation Software

Bibliographic management software can save a lot of time and frustration. Start organizing as soon as possible!

Zotero and Endnote are both excellent tools for organizing bibliographies and creating properly formatted citations. Zotero is freely available at their website and Emory has a site license for EndNote. You can obtain a copy by downloading the software from Emory's Software Express site (Emory network ID required). Mendeley, Papers, and Citavi are other popular software options.

Emory Writing Center

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Sessions with tutors are available by appointment or during walk-in hours.