A reference providing information about where a particular quotation, text, etc., is to be found; a bibliographical reference. [Oxford English Dictionary]
In general, citations help readers to locate your sources of information, as well as avoid plagiarism.
PolyU is concerned about academic honesty and is committed to helping you learn how to avoid plagiarism. One way you can improve your work and stay plagiarism-free is to use Turnitin (a web-based plagiarism-detection service) to review your own work.
If you are required to submit any course assignment for Turnitin originality check, your instructor will create a Turnitin Assignment link for your use on the course page in LEARN@PolyU(理學網). Please refer to the step-by-step instructions here. You do NOT have to register for a Turnitin account via turnitin.com or ITS.
Please contact ITS@HOTS at https://hots.polyu.edu.hk/ or 2766 5900 for further questions of using Turnitin.
The Library offers several reference management tools: EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero (which are freeware). Understand the features of these tools from this page and choose a proper tool to organize your citations and references. Refer to this EndNote FAQ if you encounter any problems with EndNote.
Which citation style shall I use?
The citation style you use depends on your discipline. If you're not sure, check with your professor. Citation styles commonly used by various disciplines are listed below:
Many databases provide quick link to citation style, you can simply "copy" the citation from your search result list and "paste" to your document. The following are a few examples of copying APA citation (6th edition) from online sources: