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Students' Guide to Preventing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Anatomy of a Citation

Evaluating Information

Library vs. Web

Evaluating Internet Resources

Ethics in the Information Age

Starting Your Research

Citation Style for Research Papers

 *  APA  *  Turabian  *  MLA  *  Chicago  *  AMA  *

Which should you use?
Ask each of your teachers which style they want you to use. If they have no preference, you can use any or follow these guidelines:

  • APA: psychology, education, and other social sciences.
  • MLA: literature, arts, and humanities.
  • AMA: medicine, health, and biological sciences.
  • Turabian: designed for college students to use with all subjects.
  • Chicago: used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications.

The complete hardcopy style manuals are kept on reserve in the Reference Department. These contain examples about citing a wider variety of sources than these web pages do, as well as other things you may need to know, such as margins, font size, etc.

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create their own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. They can use these references in writing their papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

  • Select "Sign up for an Individual Account" and then choose your own login name and password.

EndNote Web works with ISI Web of Knowledge and other databases to enable users to save, organize, format, and share their lists of citations.

  • Click on the "Sign Up" link to create your individual account and to choose a password.

Citing Internet Sources
Each of the above styles includes internet sources. If you are not obligated to follow any specific style and want clearer examples, I've created my own style.

Robert Delaney

Long Island University

C.W. Post Campus

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