Cite Your Sources

Cite Your Sources

There are many different styles for formatting references/citations in your academic work. Some professors prefer a particular style while others don’t have a preference but insist that you use one style consistently and properly. Some help with the rules and guidance for these styles are provided below.

Keep in mind that online tools and resources may offer citation help, but they are not always correct/up-todate nor cover every situation. The style manuals are considered the authorities for citation and formatting rules. Paper copies of the manuals for these styles can be found in print in the library’s Reference Collection

Plagiarism
Understanding plagiarism & self-test– University of Indiana
Plagiarism tutorial – SFU
Wikipedia disclaimer – reasons to not quote it in a paper
APA Style

pdf file APA 6th edition QuickGuide – University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
Covers reference list and in-text citations for the most common types of resources.

APA Style – Purdue OWL
Sample APA paper included.

Research and Documentation Online – Diana Hacker
Contains sample papers for various bibliographic styles including APA.

APA Reference Style Guide – Northern Michigan University
Includes details about DOI.
DOI form – enter article information to find the DOI. (Requires registration)

Citing Business Sources: UBC guide; BCIT guide

Learning APA Style (American Psychological Association)
Includes free tutorials, FAQ and more.

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
REF BF 76.7 P83 2010
Making sense : a student’s guide to research and writing : social sciences
H 62 N67 2009
MLA Style

pdf file MLA QuickGuide – University of Alberta, Augstana Campus

MLA Update 2009 – OWL at Purdue

Research and Documentation Online – Diana Hacker
Contains sample papers for various bibliographic styles including MLA.

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing
REF LB 2369 G53 2009
Turabian Style

pdf file Turabian Style – University of Alberta, Augstana Campus

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations
REF LB 2369 T8 2007
Chicago Style

pdf file Chicago Style – Fairbank Memorial Library

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. – Purdue OWL

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide – University of Chicago

Research and Documentation Online – Diana Hacker
Contains sample papers for various bibliographic styles including Chicago.

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

The Chicago Manual of Style
REF LB 2369 C55 2010
Citation Help in the Research Databases

Proquest databases allow you to mark records and then generates a bibliography of your choices. Select one or more items in a set of results and click on the “Cite” button in the light blue menu bar above the records. it even puts the items in proper alphabetical order!

Examples of Proquest databases:
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts
Proquest Sociology Full-Text

Ebsco databases give a range of citation styles right from the article record. Click on the title of the article and then click the “Cite” link on the right-hand side of screen to see a number of styles, APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. Setup a myEBSCOhost account to manage your research and create bibliographies.

Examples of EBSCOhost databases:
ATLA Religion Database
Academic Search Premier
Canadian Reference Centre
Citation Generators

Citation generators are online tools that create your citations for you (you just need to enter the information). Check the results against your style guide to make sure your citations are correctly formatted:

Citation Machine (MLA, APA, Chicago) – another free citation generator
BibMe – MLA, APA, Chicago
KnightCite – Calvin College citation generator (works with MLA, APA, and Chicago styles)
NoodleTools (MLA and APA) – Try the free version, NoodleBib Express
Microsoft Word 2007’s citation generator (under the References tab)
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