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Understanding Citations: Getting Started

This guide was designed to help you read citations and understand different formats as well as create citations for your own research.

Purdue OWL Guide

Citation templates:
APA | MLA  | Chicago (numbered style)  | MISQ | IEEE | ACS
Comparison Chart:  APA, MLA, CMS

Turabian Quick Guide 8th edition

Online Citation Generators

Getting Started with Citations



Introduction (Start Here!)

After watching this video, you should be able to:

  1. Identify parts that make up a citation
  2. Distinguish between citations for books and journal articles
  3. Recognize different citation styles (MLA vs APA)
  4. Describe the purpose of an in-text citation

Additional Viewing Options:


Computer (SWF) | iPhone (MP4) |  Powerpoint (PPT) | SlideShare

Tips & Tricks

Some databases have options to automatically generate full citations for you. 

Here's an example in:


Want help doing this in another database? Ask a librarian!

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