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Engineering: Citing Research

Primary guides for engineering students and researchers in all fields of engineering and technology

Polishing the Paper

Part of the research paper is reviewing and finishing the paper.  One time saver is compiling the bibliography along the way by using bibliographic management software such as Endnote.  Using tools in Microsoft Word such as spell check and notes also saves time.  Using UK's Assignment Calculator plans your paper and gives you deadlines to meet to keep you on track.  Here are some resources to help you in all those areas. 

The University of Kentucky provides UK students, faculty and staff with EndNote.  This software will help you format citations for your research project or class assignment.  Use the links below for additional information.  You will need to use your Link Blue login ID and password to download EndNote.




What is EndNote?

EndNote Help

Download EndNote for UK Students, Faculty, Staff

If you prefer not to use EndNote, there are many other resources available free on the Internet.  Here are some you can try.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use FireFox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

BibMe is an automated bibliography-maker.

LaTex is often used for engineering, math, and in other science fields.

There are many styles and formats to use when creating a list of references or a bibliography.  Be sure to check with your instructor before selecting a style.  Some prefer MLA, while many engineering fields use formats created by their professional societies (e.g., Mining or Civil Engineering use SME or ASCE, respectively).  This page presents a variety of sources to help you with your writing.

Assignment Calculator

Working on a research project?  Use this handy tool to plan your work!


Here are some resources explaining what you need to know about plagiarism.

OWL - Purdue Online Writing Lab - Another excellent site that has numerous tools to help you avoid plagiarizing.
(Please note: There is a citation generator on this site that is not free or recommended. See the list of recommended citation generators on our guide to Style Guides and Manuals.)

University of Illinois  This has clear and concise information.