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Researcher Tools, Services and Support

The purpose of this guide is to provide resources and information to the UMass Medical School community about the Library's research and scholarly communication services.

Scientific Writing Resources

Managing Your Information

  • EndNote helps you manage citation information. EndNote is available to UMMS through a site license managed by the library. Classes are available.
  • RefWorks is a web-based product that also manages citations. RefWorks is available to UMMS through a site license managed by the library. Classes are available.
  • The Library has paper copies of style manuals available in the Reference section. 
  • Faculty Workshops on a variety of subjects are taught by library staff in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Affairs.
  • Faculty Attribution Guidelines provide information on the proper use of citations in the classroom setting.

Choosing a Citation Manager

Citation managers help you organize and keep track of your references and generate bibliographies. Some also have plugins for in-paper citations, the ability to attach full text pdfs to citations, and tools to share your bibliographies with collaborators. Which one should you use?

Citation Manager Cost UMMS Support Accessibility Get it
EndNote Desktop

Available to UMMS through a site license managed by the Library. 


Contact Victoria Rossetti 

Desktop only, syncs with Endnote
EndNote Basic Free



Mendeley Freemium ($$$ for more than 2GB of cloud storage)


Contact Tess Grynoch

Web-based or desktop.
Zotero Free


Contact Tess Grynoch 


Available to UMMS through a site license managed by the library.


Contact Victoria Rossetti.


$79, or $49 for students.


Web-based, good on mobile devices.

For a more complete comparison chart, see Penn State's guide to choosing a citation manager.

Plagiarism Defined

Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that occurs when someone uses the words, expressions, ideas, opinions or findings of another without giving credit to the original source.

All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or no

Source: What Is Plagiarism? (n.d.) Retrieved June 15, 2015, from <>

Avoid Plagiarism!

Cite Source Reuse

"TurnItIn" for GSBS

GSBS is using Turnitin (the anti-plagiarism tool) to help assess the orginality of any piece of work you write.

Sign in to Turnitin, or create your Student account. Once you have entered Turnitin:

  • Click on the "Enroll in a Class" tab at the top left of the page
  • Enter the class ID and enrollment password (these will be provided to you by your instructor or TA)
  • Select the assignment and submit your work 
  • Receive a similarity report 

The similarity report will identify areas where your work is similar text to other works in the Turnitin databases. Similarity reports do not take citation or quotation into account, so each similarity report should be reviewed and interpreted by an instructor. 

If you would like to get a similarity report for work not associated with a class, please contact Tess Grynoch ( to be included in the library's Turnitin class.

If you need any help in interpreting your report or using Turnitin, please contact Tess Grynoch (