The Fletcher School

Edwin Ginn Library & IT


Citing Sources, Managing Citations or Formatting Dissertations

Citing Sources

While there is no standard citation format for all course work submitted at The Fletcher School, we do maintain the Ginn Library Style Guide that may be used if your instructor does not specify a particular format for citing sources.

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 recorded, 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 and output them into a variety of formats such as APA, MLA and Chicago/Turabian.

Ginn Library recommends RefWorks, which is a powerful web-based tool available to all members of the Tufts community.

Dissertation Formats

The Fletcher Guide for Preparation of Dissertations is the official policy. If you are preparing a dissertation, you must following the 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 APA, Chicago and MLA citation formats, consult the Tufts Libraries's Citing Sources Research Guide.