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Distance Learning and Extended Campus Library Services: Citation Help

To Cite or Not To Cite...

Even if your professor doesn't tell you to cite your sources, you still have too. Chances are, if they didn't tell you, they just assumed you know it's required. Any source you get information from whether it is an interview with a person, a pamphlet from a government office, a web page, a journal article, a book, etc. requires a citation. When you use that sources' information, you must give them credit; if you don't you, you are plagiarizing.

Citation Styles

There are numerous citation styles. Which one you use often depends on the discipline.

  • APA is generally used for citing Psychology, Criminal Justice, Communication, Education and Behavioral Sciences.
  • MLA is generally used for citing English, Art, Music and the Humanities.
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used for citing History and the Social Sciences.

Below are guides for these three most commonly used citation styles:

Citation Management Tool

Citing your sources is one of the most important steps in doing research.  RefWorks will allow you to store and organize your citations as well as easily create your bibliography/references (whether annotated or not) and final paper in the correct style.  

You can use RefWorks to:

  • Organize references
  • Format bibliographies
  • Create a database of your own citations
  • Import references directly from library databases
  • Insert in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies using the Write-n-Cite tool
  • Share your citations with a group

For LEGACY REFWORKS ONLY:  Off-Campus users will need to entergroup code: RWFSC to get access. Choose the "Export to RefWorks" option in most databases.

Note: You must have popups enabled for RefWorks to work properly.