General Citing

General Citing

FAQs

📍 Which citation style should I use?

  1. Check your syllabus to see if your professor has already specified the citation style you should be using for class assignments.
  2. If the syllabus does not specify, ask your professor.

Generally, psychology courses will use APA (American Psychological Association) style. English and business courses will use MLA (Modern Language Association) style. Chaplaincy and religious studies courses will use CMS (Chicago Manual of Style)--there are two Chicago styles, make sure to use the one that uses footnotes and bibliography.

📍 Plagiarism 101

Plagiarism isn't just about copying and pasting. Learn in the following presentation:

  • What is plagiarism?
  • What happens?
  • How to avoid?

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📍 What is Turnitin and how does it work?

This Turnitin presentation will contain information on how to sign up for Turnitin and how to read the Similarity Report. If you have never used Turnitin before, you will also get an opportunity to try it out for yourself.

Presentation

If you just need a quick guide on setting up and using Turnitin for a class, check out this QuickStart Guide (includes a video).

Guidelines

Citation Style Chart

This chart from Purdue University compares APA, MLA, and CMS styles on a easy to read chart. To download the chart, click on the link under the title that reads: Media File: Citation Style Chart.

Online Tools

Citation Builder

NC State University has a citation builder that creates citation in APA or MLA format. Remember you would still need to have in-text citation in your paper.

KnightCite

A bibliography composer from Calvin College that creates citations in the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles through an easy-to-use web form. This will only help you with your bibliography, remember, you still need to do in-text citations.

ZoteroBib

From the makers of Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you generate a bibliography online in any citation style and provides formatted in-text citation. No software download needed.

Sample Papers and Templates

APA Style Sample Paper

What does a title page look like? Where does the page number go? What are the margins? Take a look at this sample paper from Purdue's Online Writing Lab.

MLA Style Sample Paper

What does a title page look like? Where does the page number go? What are the margins? Take a look at these sample papers from Purdue's Online Writing Lab:

Purdue OWL: Chicago Style Sample Paper

What does a title page look like? Where does the page number go? What are the margins? Take a look at these sample papers from Purdue's Online Writing Lab.

Bibliographic Management Software

Zotero

A bibliographic reference manager for gathering and organization citation information. An MS Word plugin can perform the cite-as-you-write function. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari plugins assist with gathering bibliographic information while researching online. Generates bibliographies in various citation styles with one click. More on how to use Zotero.

Annotated Bibliography

Purdue OWL: Annotated Bibliography

"...an annotated bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources." A guide to annotated bibliographies.