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Citing Sources

 Commonly Used Citation Styles

Quick guide, link to Purdue OWL, and video tutorials.

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Quick guide, link to Purdue OWL, and video tutorials

Quick guide for notes-bibliography and paranthetical-reference styles.

Citation Styles by Discipline
There are many other citation styles. Find the manual for the one you need on this list. If you are not sure of which style to use, check with your professor.

More Citation Styles Resources

All about DOIs
DOI (digital object identifier) is a unique number associated with a particular article. Many style guides now require them in a citation.

Avoiding Plagiarism
Tips on how to avoid plagiarism and links to videos on this topic.

Citation Generators
Need help kick starting your bibliography? Consult these citation generators. NOTE: Always manually check your citations before turning in your paper.

  • RefWorks is a citation management software allows you to import citations directly from electronic indexes and create and manage your own bibliographies. Use with word processing software to cite and format references easily in a variety of writing styles. You will have to set up an individualized account the first time you use RefWorks. An excellent tutorial is available in RefWorks under Help
  • Did you know? Most databases and catalogs have citation tools built in?  It may be called different things in different databases. Word of warning: double check the formatting, there may be errors.

Copyright and Legal Use of Information
Copyright basics and guidelines for WMU course reserves.

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography


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How to Read a Citation

All citation formats include the same basic elements:

  • Author
  • Title of publication
  • Date of Publication
  • Location of Publication

The different citation styles ask that you put them in different formats for various reasons. For example, APA emphasizes the date of the publication and that is why it is usually found near the beginning of hte citation.

It gets tricky when you are dealing with resources that have editors and authors, journal titles and article titles. Knowing how to dissect a citation can prevent  a lot of headaches.

Take a look at this page that identifies the different parts of a citation.


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