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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.

There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the tab for the style you need and take a look at some examples.

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Research Papers

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.



There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
  • APA style is often used by Education, Psychology, and Business.
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts

Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. 


How to Cite from Library Databases

In many of the library databases, there is a "cite" icon. This can be found under "tools" to the right of each article.

Ebsco tools

After you click on the icon, several citations will appear in various styles. Identify which style you need to use. Then, copy and paste the correct citation into your reference list.  Be sure to verify that the citation is correct.


Video Tutorial: Citing in Ebsco Databases



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This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.

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