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Research Corner

Reference Management

Accuracy is all important in any academic writing. The very act of looking up a reference for verification serves as an accuracy check, e.g., to double check a direct quote, to ensure the fidelity of a passage that you paraphrased, or to cite another study that is related to your study.

Some of the hallmarks of good research include attention to detail and the ability to discern patterns and make connections. Good citation practices can help with both. The proper attribution of sources entails many details, such as correct page numbers, the spelling of author names, and of course, the accuracy of facts that you are presenting in your own article or other work.

There are several different styles of referencing: The popular referencing styles are; APA, MLA ,Chicago, Oxford, Harvard.


Plagiarism is the act of portraying someone else's work as your own. In documentary research and writing (dissertation, report, thesis, paper, etc.), you're allowed to use another author's ideas, provided that the reader is informed of the source for an idea, text or work.

Avoiding plagiarism is one of the most significant challenges for researchers who are interested in generating their original content. It is better if the writer avoids paraphrasing content and cites the source appropriately.

Library facilitates to check your writings with Ouriginal (Urkund) anti plagiarism software.

Reference Management Software

Reference management software, also known as bibliographic software, citation management software, or personal bibliographic file managers is any software product used for storage and retrieval of bibliographic records. Modern reference management packages can usually be integrated with word processors so that a reference list in the appropriate format is produced automatically as an article is written, reducing the risk that a cited source is not included in the reference list. They will also have a facility for importing the details of publications from bibliographic databases.

Numerous reference management programs are currently available. The popular reference management software are ; Zotero, Mendeley and EndNote