How to Cite Sources

There are several citation styles from which professors may elect to have their students follow. Professors may choose citation styles such as Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations, the Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the CBE Manual for Authors.

It is not difficult to locate these materials in the library. Materials on RESERVE are located on the first floor at the circulation desk. REF DESK materials are located at the Reference Desk on the second floor. REF materials are located in the stacks on the second floor. Books which circulate are located on the fourth (call numbers beginning P through Z) and fifth (call numbers beginning A through N) floors.

Citation style guidelines involve the placement and format of citations, which includes electronic information, footnote usage and formatting a bibliography. Here is a list of the citation sources we have in the library:

The examples below give further information on how to use the various formating styles for citing sources:

Many research resources are also available from the Internet in various electronic formats. Formally citing such resources, as with any resource, is a necessary part of the completed work. The examples below show how to cite electronic sources using APA and MLA style formats. For further assistance, please consult the appropriate style manual or ask at the Reference Desk.

RefWorks - Bibliographic Reference managerStudents may also consult RefWorks. RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create their own personal databases by importing references from online databases. This feature serves as a “one-stop” for gathering information from a variety of sources and collectively having them in one database. For more further on RefWorks, please click on the RefWorks link on the library homepage.


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