Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Help with Bibliographies

There are several options for getting help in creating citations for bibliographies. Start with the Library's Citing Sources pages. There you'll find examples of citations to commonly-used items--articles on the web, articles in databases, articles in print, books, chapters in books, dissertations, eBooks, encyclopedias, multimedia, and webpages. APA, MLA, and Turabian styles are illustrated.

The actual style manuals for APA, MLA, and others are kept on reserve at the Library's Check-Out desk. If you are citing something really unusual, you'll have to use a manual to figure out the citation format.

Many databases also provide basic help with citations, though all database-generated citations should be reviewed and edited as necessary.

An advanced tool is RefWorks, the bibliographic citation management program that's available to all CBU students, faculty, and staff. Just be aware that there's a learning curve involved with using RefWorks. It should be used from the start of your research project, not just at the end. If your paper is due tomorrow, it will be less stressful to use one of the other options.

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