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Master of Public Health Resources: Resources for Writing Papers

Research Guide for MPH students

Refworks & Write 'N Cite

Learn to use Refworks as soon as possible.  It is a citation manager and will help you format your reference list in APA or other styles.  A companion piece to Refworks is Write 'N Cite.  It will help you format the in-text citations for your paper.  This is found under the "tools" menu within Refworks.

It is BEST to use Refworks when you are doing the research.  Many databses will allow you to export the citations directly into a folder within Refworks.  You can create as many folders as you need to help you organize your references.

Refworks has a tutorial on the top of the page, above the tool bar.

How to use Refworks: help sheet

Citing Sources

APA Style 6th Edition Resources

AMA Style
NLM Style


Uniform Citation Style

All Styles
Once users register to use this software, they can store their citations here and
create in-text citationsand reference lists in a variety of styles.

Online Writing Lab

The ECU Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers Distance Education students the opportunity to consult with a trained writing center consultant via email. Our OWL will allow these off-campus students to ask specific questions about their writing in any stage, from invention to the final draft.While our online consultants will not simply proofread or edit anyone's paper, we will gladly answer students' questions and try to provide feedback that will help any student become a better writer. Only students enrolled in Distance Education courses have the opportunity to submit papers to the OWL.


Plagiarism is a serious offense at East Carolina University. The ECU Student Handbook defines plagiarism as "Copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting same as one's own original work." For more information see The Code of Conduct.
Tips for avoiding plagiarism The First Year Writing Studio at ECU offers the following suggestions for avoiding plagiarism:

  • Place quotation marks around direct quotes.
  • Paraphrase your source information. This means more than rearranging the structure of a sentence or changing a few words. A good way to do this is to figure out what the source means to you and then writing this down without looking at the source.
  • Document all quotes and paraphrased information, and provide a Works Cited page at the end of your paper.
  • In your notes, record quotes, paraphrases, and summaries in an orderly manner so that the page number, source, author/editor, and publication information are carefully noted.

Links for more information

You Quote It, You Note It
From Acadia University

Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
From Duke University

Librarian to the Brody School of Medicine

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Kathy Cable
Laupus Library - 2528

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Greenville NC 27858