The Fletcher School

Edwin Ginn Library & IT


Citing Sources, Managing Citations or Formatting Dissertations

Citing Sources

While there is no official citation format for course work at The Fletcher School, the Chicago style is used almost exclusively. The Ginn Library Style Guide, based on the Chicago style, may be used when instructors have not specified a preferred citation format. Online access to the Chicago Manual of Style is available.

Citation Management Software

Citation management software, sometimes referred to as reference management software, or personal bibliographic management software, is software for scholars and authors to use for recording and utilizing bibliographic citations (references).

Once a citation has been captured, it can be used time and again in generating bibliographies, such as lists of references in scholarly books, articles and essays. In short, they are tools that let you save and organize references into a variety of formats such as APA, MLA and Chicago/Turabian.

While there are many options for citation management software, members of the Tuft's community has access to RefWorks and Endnote through the university at no cost. Zotero is another free option for managing citations.

Dissertation Formats

The Fletcher Guide for Preparation of Dissertations is the official policy. If you are preparing a dissertation, you must following these guidelines. Any questions about the guidelines should be directed to the Ginn reference staff.

More Information

For guidance in choosing and using a citation management tool, and more information about Chicago style and other citation formats, consult the library's Citing Sources Research Guide or Ask a Librarian. Workshops are also offered throughout the year.