Guides on Citation Management Software
If you're starting a graduate program or research project, it's a good idea to choose one citation management program that you'll use for all the references you'll collect. Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero are supported by MSU Libraries, and we periodically offer classes on them: you can check for the classes on the library's Calendar.
Guides on Writing and Plagiarism
Endnote, Mendeley, and Zotero all come preloaded with some common citation styles (for example, MLA and APA). But they make it easy to add other styles as well. To see how to add citation styles that are commonly used in Pharm/Tox (such as the one for Pharmacological Reviews), take a look at the guide for citation manager you're using (in the box above). There you'll find instructions for downloading the citation styles you need).
If you're supposed to be following a specific style guide for class or to submit to a journal, check the website for that style guide. Some of the things it will tell you:
--how to format paper sections and which ones to include
--how to format in-text citations
--language conventions for the style (for example, should you use British or American spelling, should you write "healthcare" or "health care," should there be two spaces or one space after a period, etc.)
--how to format the captions on figures and tables
--how to format your bibliography
--what file format should be used for images, if you are submitting them with your paper.
The Purdue OWL website has good general guidelines for citations and styles, but for more specific guidelines, go to the website of the style your professor requires.