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Development Practice: Writing & Citing

Information resources to support Masters in Development Practice and other Emory development studies programs


Using the work of another scholar without proper citation, whether that work is available in print or online, is plagiarism, a violation of the Emory Honor Code. It is extremely easy for professors to discover work plagiarized from web sources -- they know how to use Google at least as well as you do, and there are many online tools available specifically to help educators detect plagiarized work.

Writing Center

Emory's Writing Center offers personalized one-to-one support for writing assignments. Sessions with tutors are available by appointment or during walk-in hours. 

Make an Appointment at the Writing Center

The Emory Writing Center manages scheduling via a web-based program called WCOnline. You can read additional information about creating appointments on the Writing Center website.

Workshops & Training

There are frequent workshops on using the various citation managers, especially EndNote and Zotero. 

Check them out on the upcoming workshops page.

Citing Your Sources

Why cite your sources?

  • to give credit to those people whose ideas/words you are using in your paper so that you don't plagiarize
  • to distinguish other people's ideas/words from your own ideas and words.
  • to make your argument stronger. Doing research on an issue strengthens your position, because it shows you have engaged with some of the other positions on your topic and incorporated them into your thinking.
  • to allow your readers to verify your claims and to get more information from the source materials.

What should be cited? To find more information check the Citing Your Sources libguide.

How to Cite: There are numerous citation manuals available. A list of major ones is found in Citing Your Sources libguide. Many fields also have their own standard citation guides. Faculty will often specify use of a specific guide.

TIP: It is often helpful to use an electronic citation manager to organize all your references and help you produce bibliographies in various citation formats. SEE below for information on various online options.


EndNote is a program that makes it possible to collect and organize references in a database and instantly create properly formatted bibliographies.


Zotero helps you collect, manage, and cite research sources. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or Open Office.

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