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Evaluating Sources

Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:

Author:  Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?

Publication Type:  Where was the item published? Essays in scholarly books and articles in peer-reviewed journals are written by experts and have undergone rigorous scrutiny and editing prior to publication.

Accuracy:  Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources?

Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?

Citation Fundamentals

Watch these tutorials to learn about using your sources effectively and avoiding plagiarism.


Style Manuals

Consult an MLA or APA Style Manual for citation rules:

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Publication manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association
Call Number: Shields Library Ready Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010 Lib Use Only
ISBN: 1433805596

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MLA handbook for writers of research papers - Modern Language Association of America
Call Number: Shields Library Ready Reference LB2369 .G53 2009 Lib Use Only
ISBN: 1603290249

Web Resources & Citation Software

Use these tools to help you cite your sources:

  • OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab
    This comprehensive site includes instructions on several citation styles: MLA, APA and Chicago.
  • KnightCite
    This site is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Michigan. Generate citations for print and online sources in MLA, APA or Chicago styles.
  • Zotero
    Manage and cite your sources with this free tool that you download into your Firefox web browser.
  • Endnote
    Endnote is a tool for managing and generating citations. It is licensed by the campus for the UC Davis community.

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