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Research Strategies & Tips: Cite Sources Appropriately

This guide provides information on identifying topics, developing search statements, finding and evaluating sources, and using information ethically.

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Citing Your Sources

MLA StyleAPA Style

There are many different "styles" you may choose from when citing sources. Your professor will probably tell you which "style" is preferred for your class. MLA (Modern Language Association), Chicago, and APA (American Psychological Association) are the three which are used most often by students at The Claremont Colleges.

 

The Purdue Owl provides guides for

The complete manual for Chicago style is also available to Claremont Colleges students, faculty and staff.

If you need to cite legal documents or government publications, or just understand the citations you find, the following guides will help.

Recent editions of style manuals, which include more detailed information and examples, are available at the Services Desk in Honnold/Mudd Library.

If you need help on your research project, talk to your professor, stop by the Services Desk at Honnold/Mudd Library, make an appointment to talk with a Reference Librarian, or talk with someone in the Writing Center on your campus.

Tools to Manage Your Research -- RefWorks & Zotero

Both RefWorks and Zotero allow you to keep citations, full text articles, and other research resources organized in one place. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

RefWorks
RefWorks is web-based. You can access it and create an account from any computer connected to the internet. RefWorks is free to current students of The Claremont Colleges.

Zotero
Zotero is a free, open-source application that you download from the web and install on your computer.

The Library offers workshops on how to use both of these "bibliographic management" tools.