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Writing Your Thesis/Dissertation? Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

This "Rights and Responsibilities" guide contains information about the support available to you through the ISU library as you embark on the journey of crafting your dissertation.

If you have copyright questions, here are some Copyright FAQs that might help.

You can also find more information including writing consultations in this Graduate College Dissertation/Theses page.

This "Citation Style Guide" contains plenty of helpful information including bibliographic management software supported by ISU libraries.

Plagiarism Checkers, Writing Aids & Research Aids

Sample of Official Print Style Manuals

Student Academic Support Services

  • Academic Success Center
    • "We offer individualized and group-facilitated experiences through course-specific and general academic assistance such as academic coaching, Supplemental Instruction, and tutoring services as well as Psych 131, an academic skills course. All of our programs and services are designed to help you learn how to learn and become an independent, self-directed, and self-regulated learner."
    • Brief video of how the Academic Success Center supports and promotes self-directed learners


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Citation Managers

If you are using a citation manager or would want to learn how to use one, ISU libraries support some of the most commonly used tools including Endnote, Mendeley and Zotero. Use the links below to find out more about each tool. The librarian whose contact information appears on the guide is the expert on the tool covered. Feel free to contact him/her with any questions related to the same.

Robust bibliographic management software tools designed to help you collect, organize, and use necessary citations for your writing and research projects.

Mendeley is another robust bibliographic management tool. This guide is intended for those new to Mendeley.

Zotero is an open source citation manager that is useful for collecting, organizing, citing and sharing different citations. It has been optimized for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems and integrates with Word and LibreOffice. It supports thousands of citation styles.

Evaluating (Web) Resources

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers, an Open Access Textbook, offers great material for fact checking.

Other helpful tools for evaluating resources include:

Can't Attribute A Popular Quote? Want To Browse A List Of Quotes? Try These Tools.