Why do we cite books, journal articles, web sites, etc in a research paper? It's not just about plagiarism!
Librarians are often asked, "How do I cite this book/journal article/web site in my research paper?" Writing guides (commonly referred to as style manuals) provide rules and instruction on research paper composition.
You should use a style manual in order to properly cite materials, set up footnotes or in-text citations, and/or a works cited list (aka: reference list, bibliography.) Different style manuals are used for different disciplines or subject areas:
All of these manuals are available at Healey. Many style manuals (or portions of them) are also freely accessible on the web, see Citation Style Guides tab on the right. Bookstores sell many useful paper or "pocket style" versions which students often find helpful. One of the most popular style manuals in print is A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker (NY: St. Martin's Press, 2016)
UMass Boston offers support for academic writing through the Reading, Writing, and Study Strategies Center and the Graduate Writing Center. The Healey Library provides guidance on Plagiarism Awareness and Prevention
Online Writing Lab (OWL) from Purdue University contains high quality information about academic writing and much more.