Skip to Main Content
University of Texas University of Texas Libraries

BME 197E, Professional Responsibilities in Research

Information to help with understanding the basics of intellectual property, avoiding plagiarism, and managing bibliographic references.

Ethical Authorship

Ethical Practices

The Basics:

  • Credit others for their work (and cite your own earlier work, if appropriate).
  • Give credit in such a way that allows the cited work to be easily located.
  • At least some trouble can be avoided by getting organized, staying organized, and keeping careful records.

Best Practices:

  • Don't worry about having too many notes or too many entries in a bibliography. Give credit as needed.
  • A short citation is not a better citation; the point is to help others get the information they need so that they can find the same source.
  • Only cite what you've seen. If you haven't read/viewed it, don't cite it.

Use a citation manager to 

  • collect and organize your research

  • format citations for written work

  • share sources with team members or professors

Compare EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero

Brief chart comparing citation managers

Extensive chart comparing citation managers

LibGuide: Research Organization with Citation Managers

Ivey, Camille and Janet Crumb. (2018, July). "Choosing the right citation management tool: EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks, or Zotero." Journal of the Medical Library Association 106(3): 399-403.

This review compares and describes 1) system requirements, browser extensions, mobile apps; 2) searches for and importing of references; 3) creation of bibliographies; 4) management and annotation of PDFs; 5) integration with library collections; 6) collaboration and social networking; 7) unique features.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License.