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Teaching Assistants and the Library: Teaching/Research Tools

This guide details the various ways teaching assistants can help their faculty and their students use the library.

Artificial Intelligence

This guide covers caveats and cautions about using generative AI tools, how to cite these tools, use cases and resources including Illinois Tech's policies.


This guide covers how to publish responsibly, open access, submitting a manuscript and additional tools and resources for authors.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Citation Styles

Each discipline has it's own citation style. However, the two most common styles used at Illinois Tech are MLA and APA. It's important to cite sources to give credit to the researchers who came before us and to avoid plagiarism.

  • APA Style is generally used in social sciences, business and education.
  • MLA style is generally used in art, literature and philosophy


Avoiding Plagiarism

Our librarians have put together this guide that discusses why and how you cite sources including summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting as well as responsible conduct of research and avoiding plagiarism.

Communication Across the Curriculum at Illinois Tech created this guide to avoiding plagiarism.

Citation Management

Zotero is free citation management software that helps you manage your research. Galvin Library offers free  workshops throughout the semester, as well as provides a guide, to help you learn how to effectively use Zotero.

Academic Honesty

Illinois Tech has a Code of Academic Honesty that all students are expected to abide by. The university also provides an overview of the academic honesty process that you can view here.

Evaluating Sources

When doing research it is important to evaluate your sources for accuracy, currency, bias and relevancy. Below are some tools  to help you with the evaluation process.

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Evaluating Sources: Where to Begin

Lateral Reading and Evaluation of Sources

Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading

Online Instruction

Illinois Tech's Center for Learning Innovation offers help with both Blackboard and Zoom.

Time Management

Organization is key to good time management. A paper planner/diary, Google calendar/Google Tasks, Apple Reminders or other apps can help keep you on track. Listed below are some tips to help you manage your time and set goals:

Boosting Productivity

Short Guide to Managing Your Time

Take Control of Your Phone

Time Management Mistakes

Time Management Tips for Busy College Students

Why the Secret to Success is Setting Goals