Also see Using Sources from Amherst College's Writing Center, which includes help with quoting, summarizing and paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism. Also see their list of other Online Resources for help with all phases of academic writing.
Help with documenting sources
|Chart comparing the 3 most-used citation styles
with side-by-side examples of each, from Purdue OWL
It is important to give people credit for their work. When you cite a source you used in your research you are giving credit to the person whose idea you used or refer to. When you properly cite sources, you are demonstrating responsible scholarship.
You document the sources you use in your research in a works cited list or bibliography at the end of your project. For some projects you will include footnotes or in-text citations wherever you use someone else's idea or language.
What's in a citation
Citations include the information necessary for a reader to locate the original source. There are conventions for different disciplines as to the format of the citations. The American Psychological Associaton sets the conventions for APA style, for example.
The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources
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Most of the library's research databases provide a pre-formatted citation for each source. Click on the title of the source. Look for a link that says "Cite" or "CiteNow" or "Citation Tools." Copy and paste the citation for the style (APA, MLA, etc.) you are using.
For pre-formatted citations for books, go to Worldcat.org. Find the book you want to cite. Click on Cite/Export. Click on the + for the style you need (APA, MLA, etc.) Copy and paste the citation! For books from the VSC libraries, you can use the VSC online catalog. Click on the title of the book, then click on .
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Microsoft Word offers some tools to make citing sources within your project easier.
Learn more about the Researcher tool in Microsoft Word 2016
Instructions for using Microsoft Word's works cited tools: sources, footnotes, and more
Learn more about the References feature within MS Word 2010
Learn more about the References feature within MS Word for Mac 2011
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