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Citing Sources

The following links are provided to help users cite sources used in a research project.

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Citation Style Guides

Citation Guides for Print and Electronic Sources

  • APA Style: A Guide for Writing Research Papers
    • An excellent source of information on how to cite documents using the American Psychological Association style.
  • Citing Electronic Resources (Janus Online Information System at University of Oregon Library)
    • Stumped on how to cite that digital resource? This site can help you understand how to do it in MLA, Turabian, Chicago and other styles.
  • Citing Government Information Sources
    • "The citations on this page are recommended samples only, and have not been approved by the editorial board of the Modern Language Association. Consult your instructor or editor for the appropriate citation style. For further explanation and more sample citations, see Joseph Gibaldi, The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th ed."
  • Citing Sources
    • A guide by Carleton College Library which details how to cite sources using various formats.
  • Documentation Guidelines: Citing Sources Within Your Paper
    • This organized site, from the Duke Libraries Guide to Library Research, provides examples for citing sources in four well-known style manuals: Turabian, MLA, Chicago and APA. Users can select from a pull-down menu or use a text menu on the left side of the page to choose topics that include articles from journals, magazines, or newspapers, books and Web sites.
  • Electronic Reference Formats Recommended by the American Psychological Association
    • An excellent list of resources from the APA which explains how to cite various types of electronic information.
  • Karla's Guide to Citation Style Guides
    • This concise list of annotated links includes APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and CBE style guides. Also has a basic legal citation guide and information on Web copyright issues.
  • MLA Auto-Generator
    • "MLA Auto-Generator is an incredible piece of free software that allows you to quickly and effortlessly format your documents' works cited lists in complete accordance with the latest MLA or APA style guidelines."
  • MLA Style
    • Shows the MLA style of "documenting sources from the World Wide Web. These guidelines on MLA documentation style are the only ones available on the Internet that are authorized by the Modern Language Association of America. The MLA guidelines on documenting online sources are explained in detail in the fifth edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (1999) and in the second edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (1998). These guidelines replace the information in the fourth edition of the MLA Handbook on documenting online databases (sec. 4.9). What follows here is a summary of the guidelines that cover the World Wide Web. For the complete MLA recommendations on Web sources, please see one of the books mentioned above." We currently have these books in our collection. Search our catalog to obtain our call number information for these books.
  • NoodleTools
    • "NoodleTools, Inc., a California company incorporated in 2002, was co-founded in 1999 by mother and son team Debbie and Damon Abilock. NoodleTools' flagship product, NoodleBib, has emerged as the leading bibliography software on the Internet, transforming bibliographic instruction methodologies in thousands of subscribing schools and libraries. The NoodleTools team offers expert help and unparalleled customer support to the students and professionals who depend on NoodleBib and other award-winning tools in the NoodleTools research suite." There are some freely available options here.
  • OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University
    • "The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction."
  • Referencing
  • Sources: Table of Contents
    • This site from Dartmouth University contains an extensive listing of information about citing sources. Categories include general background on why to cite sources and how to cite, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), a number of examples of citing different types of material, and a resources list that include humanities, sciences, and social sciences examples.
  • Style Manuals
  • Style Sheets for Citing Internet & Electronic Resources
    • This site from the University of California/Berkeley Libraries covers how to cite using the four major style manuals, grouped by type of subject. These are: Humanities (MLA and Chicago), Scientific (APA and CBE) and History (Turabian). Explanations are given on how to cite various formats such as WWW, e-mail, online databases, and more.
  • Synthesis: Using the Work of Others
    • "This tutorial explains plagiarism and its consequences and describes techniques for taking notes and quoting sources to avoid plagiarism. Includes a section on copyright, information about citing Web sources, and plagiarism and copyright infringement quizzes. From the University of Maine at Farmington Writing Center and Mantor Library." (Reviewed by Margaret Myhre for the Librarians' Index to the Internet: NEW THIS WEEK for October 23, 2003)
  • Zotero
    • A free, browser-based tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.
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