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NURS 507/508: Scholarly Inquiry: Writing Citations

Using Information Ethically

This page introduces resources to make writing bibliographies and citing sources easier and more accurate.

  • When to Cite
  • The Cite Button
  • Other Citation Tools
  • Helpful definitions


"Claiming as your own another person’s language, ideas, images, or other original materials"

- The Writing Center


Paraphrasing is often defined as putting a passage from an author into “your own words.”  

To successfully paraphrase, consider following these steps from the University of Wisconsin Madison's Writing Center:

  • Read the text you want to paraphrase several times until you feel that you understand it and can use your own words to restate it to someone else. Then, look away from the original and rewrite the text in your own words.

  • Take abbreviated notes; set the notes aside; then paraphrase from the notes a day or so later, or when you draft.

Writing Tutors for You

The Cite Button

The majority of the Library's e-resources can generate a single citation for you.

Places to look for the Cite Button or other Citation Tools in E-Resources:

  • The right-hand menu on the article abstract page.
  • At the top of the results list.
  • Immediately under each citation in the results list.
  • At the very bottom of an article or article abstract page.

Other Online Citation Tools

This is a selection of other citation generators & tools that can help you create citations and manage bibliographies.  Remember, though, that no online citation generator is 100% accurate.  Please be sure to check your citations to make sure that they're correct!