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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.

Citing Web Sources

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

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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