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How to Cite Sources in Your Research Paper: Introduction

A guide on how to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism

Glossary of Essay Terms

How to Do Research

Which Guide Should You Use?

Long Island University Library Guide - COLOR CODED

 

Which style 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.

Many hardcopy style manuals are kept in the reference department. These contain examples about citing a wider variety of sources.

Beyond Citation

                                                                  Beyond Citation

Educational Technology

www.beyondcitation.org

Last featured in the 11-11-2016 Scout Report, Beyond Citation is a valuable resource for librarians, scholars, instructors, and students. By allowing visitors to quickly learn about popular datasets, Beyond Citation offers an important service for researchers in all academic disciplines.

Researchers, students, and instructors use academic databases to find scholarship on topics of interest. Yet, it is difficult to get information about how these databases work and what materials are included in - or left out of - them. In response to this challenge, a group of students in a digital praxis seminar at the City University of New York (CUNY) created Beyond Citation, a website dedicated to providing the public with information and analysis about major academic search engines. As of this writing, Beyond Citation features explorations of thirteen major databases, including Google Books, Project MUSE, HathiTrust Digital Library, JSTOR, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Each database record includes an overview outlining what the database contains, available reviews of each database, and information about access. In addition, readers will also find a useful conversations feature, which offers links to outside analysis and criticism about the selected database. Beyond Citation not only helps researchers critically evaluate databases but also teaches researchers how to use these databases most effectively.

Journals and Magazines

General Rules for Journals & Magazines

  • Include all authors unless there are more than six. If 7 or more, list the first three, followed by the phrase “et al.” (Do not put the quotes.)
  • If the article is written by a specific organization or group, instead of individual authors, it is acceptable to list the group/organization in the author area. 
  • Abbreviate and italicize the names of journals. The official journal abbreviation is usually provided at the end of the abstract or at the bottom of the journal page. If it is not, journal abbreviations can be found through PubMed by following these steps:
    • Go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals/
    • In the search field type the full journal name
    • In the results, look at the line “NLM Title Abbreviation”
  • Only capitalize the first letter of the first word & any proper nouns of an article title. Do NOT capitalize the first letter of all words.
  • Do not place spaces between the year;volume(issue number):pages.

Online Resources

General Rules for Citing Websites

  • Important Reminder: Use caution when referencing the internet. Many websites are not appropriate/credible sources. Use only the highest quality sites.
    • When in doubt, CRAAP test it! CRAAP stands for currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, and purpose. Use these metrics to determine whether or not a website is a good resource for you.
  • Authors don't have to be people. If you can't find an individual responsible for the content, look for an organization or corporate author.

Examples:

Websites

  • Authors (if indicated). Title of specific item cited. Name of the website: URL. Published or Updated Date (if available). Accessed: Month day, year. 

Website with an organization as author

  • Drug Shortage Resource Center. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website. http://www.ashp.org/shortages. Accessed:December 9, 2011. 

Website with an individual as author

  • Pho, K. Why I’m not ready to prescribe mobile health apps. KevinMD:
  • http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/05/ready-prescribe-mobile-healthapps.html.May 4, 2014. Accessed: August 12, 2014.