Monday, November 22, 2010

Citation styles and writing help

This is the time of year when those big papers are getting closer to being due, and part of that involves citing your sources properly, doing the reference list etc.

When it comes to citing sources, here's a tip: the article databases we get through "Ebsco", Academic Search Complete for example, and the others available through its "Choose Databases" link all have a "Cite" link to the right of any article you go to. Just click on the link and the article citation will come up in a variety of formats, including APA, MLA, and University of Chicago.

Then we have some great guides to the various citation styles - click on the Citations & Style Guides link on our web page. There are some different guides to choose from, but they all have examples of common format issues, and the Diana Hacker guides also have sample papers, so you can see what a paper in MLA style should look like for example.

On that citation guide page there is a link too at the top to "NoodleBib," a site that helps you organize your bibliography in one of the various formats. There's other helps there too, like a link to "Citation Machine," a site where you can plug in the information you have and it will make your citation for you.

Last, but not least, there is drop in and by appointment help with writing in the library!

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