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How To Cite It!

This week's tip, "Books…Articles…Web stuff – How to Cite It!"

Whether it is a book, ebook, an online journal article, a website, or other Internet resource – you need to know how to properly cite your sources in your paper or presentation. 

  • We have a basic online guide – How do I write a citation?Which covers two of the most popular citation styles [MLA (for papers in the Liberal Arts and Humanities) and APA (Social Sciences)] along with the style guides for ASCE (Civil Engineering), ACS (Chemistry), CSE (Sciences), IEEE (Engineering/Computer Science, etc.), Turabian and Chicago (Literature, History, and the Arts).
  • There are online citation management tools which can help you organize and cite bibliographic information automatically – often referred to as citation management tools or citation ‘bots.’  Some of the more popular ones are Zotero (free) or RefWorks (requires purchase). Checkout our Zotero tutorial.
  • Some of our databases also contain citation management tools that help you to format the citations you come across during your search in the database. EndNoteWeb is available from our Web of Science database.  Click here for other examples.

How do you find an article from a citation? 

  • In doing your research you may run across a citation to another source you may need, but you will have to try to locate this item. Check here for instructions on finding an article from a citation.

Unsure of how to make an annotated bibliography – click here.

By using consistent citation rules to avoid plagiarism you will be well on your way to writing that perfectly documented research paper.