From the moment you begin to conduct research you will want to pay particular attention to the sources you find. Even the most proficient searcher has had, at one point or another, a moment where they wish they could remember where they saw that one article. Developing a strategy to keep track of what you will potentially use is highly recommended from the outset.
Academic writing, whether theses, assignments, reports or scholarly articles, often involves summarizing, paraphrasing, or quoting sources of information that need to be cited. Knowing how to cite another person's work properly helps you to:
it documents what sources you have used in writing your paper and gives credit to an author's work that you have used. It also gives information to identify and retrieve the cited sources. Here are a few recommended tools to help format your papers depending on which citation style you choose. (One of my favorite resources for Chicago, APA and MLA style tips is the Online Writing Lab ('OWL') at Purdue University.)