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Library Research and Study Skills: Citing Your Sources

This guide will help you with your study skills, library research, and time management.

Citation Management Program--Using EasyBib

The EasyBib School Edition provides students with the tools to enhance critical thinking skills and research habits, learn how to prevent plagiarism, and improve information literacy.

There are several components of interest to student researchers including:

  • Create Citations in APA or MLA that may be cut and pasted into Word Documents
  • Export a Saved Bibliography to a Word file
  • Set up Note Cards with associated references and citations for separate papers and projects.
  • Keep a History that lives in the cloud of your Reference work, projects, notes and citations!

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View an introductory video on EasyBib.

Websites on Style Guides

APA Style

The 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association was released July 1, 2009 (even though it has a copyright date of 2010).

Revisions were made in 7 areas covered by the Publication Manual - ethics, journal article reporting standards, reducing bias in language, graphics, writing style, references, and statistics.  This guide is specifically structured to help students create references in the APA style.

Here is a link to the style manual website that shows what's new in the 6th ed.

MLA Style

Changes in the new edition:

No more underlining: Titles of larger works (books, magazines) are now italicized; titles of smaller works (poems, articles) are put in quotations.

No more Web sites: URLs are no longer necessary in a works cited list.

Continuous page numbers: You no longer have to worry about whether or not a scholarly journal has continuous pagination.  Always provide the issue number when there is one available.

Medium format: Every entry must include the medium of publication.  Usually Print or Web, for others check with the handbook. 

New abbreviations for electronic resources: Use n.p. when no publisher is given; use n.d. when no date of publication is given; use n.pag. when no pagination is given.

No more library information: If an article is retrieved from an online database, cite the database name in italics (ex. JSTOR).  Library subscription information is no longer needed.

Turabian / Chicago Style

Kate Turabian, the dissertation secretary at the University of Chicago for over 30 years, developed her guide for students and researchers writing papers, theses, and dissertations. Her manual is based on the University of Chicago Press's Manual of Style and departs from it in few places. "Turabian," as her guide is called, synthesizes the rules most important for students' papers and other scholarly research not intended for publication, and omits some of the publishing details and options that "Chicago" provides. This style is often used in the history, theology, and other areas of the humanities.