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Introduction to Research: Citing/Plagiarism/Google Scholar

This guide is a tutorial to help students learn the basics of library research

Citations and Bibliographies

Use any of these style guides listed for proper documentation. Check with your instructor for the preferred style guide.  For help with writing, contact the Spartan Success Center.

APA Frequently Asked Questions

A citation is a brief description of one specific information source, appearing in a bibliography, list of references, or a database.

Any words, ideas or images that you do not create yourself must be given credit.

Citing your sources lets your audience know the origins of your information.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great resource for finding scholarly sources online. It allows you to link into NSU Library subscription database content so you can search for and access content without having to go directly to the library's website. There are 2 ways to do this:

1) Use the Google Scholar link on the NSU Library's homepage, which will authenticate you as being affiliated with NSU Library.

2) Set up your Google Scholar Setting to include NSU Library "Find It @ NSU" links


Follow these steps to add NSU to your Google Scholar preferences:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "Settings" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen:
  3. Then click "Library links" on the left side of the screen:
  4. In the search box provided type "Norfolk State University" and click search.

    A list of results will be returned. Check the box labeled, "Norfolk State University  - FIND IT @ NSU". Then click Save. You must save these preferences in order to see links back to NSU Library in your search results.
  5. After saving your changes, you will be returned to the Google Scholar search box. Once you type in your search and get a list of results, some will include those available at NSU library. Click the "FIND IT @ NSU" link that appears next to the title of the article to see if we have access to this content in print or online.
  6. If we have access to the article online you will be prompted to log-in with your NSU Net ID. Once you log-in you will be taken to the article. If we do not own the article you will be taken to the Find It @ NSU page where you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request.