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Citation Fundamentals

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

 

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?

 

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 Humanities & Social Sciences 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 Humanities and Social Sciences 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.
  • Research and Documentation Online
    This excellent site includes examples of in-text citations and citation lists for MLA, APA, Chicago and CSE.
  • 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. See EndNote @ UC Davis for links to videos and other resources.
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