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Research Tips

Citing Sources in APA and MLA Styles 
Doing the Research
Evaluating the Information

Choosing a Topic

Doing the research

  • Locating resources - provides information on how to locate books, articles, government documents, and more.
  • NAiLED - includes all of the steps needed to complete a successful research inquiry


  • Reading critically -- "so you've started your research, and sitting in front of you is something you've just finished reading. where do i start?"

  • Steps to online searching 
  • Using EBSCO to find magazine and journal articles
  • Using FirstSearch to find magazine and journal articles
  • Using InfoTrac to find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Evaluating the Information

Citing Your Sources


  • Plagiarism - The Do's and Don'ts
  • Citation Builders are web-based programs that allow the student to input citation information (author, title, etc.) into a form so that the program can place the information into the correct bibliographic format. Be careful, as these programs do NOT do everything for you. For example, capitalization and punctuation are aspects of citations that the style books cover with more accuracy.

  • Chicago Style Manual - Based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, this guide provides examples in Humanities as well as Scientific styles for citing books; book chapters; encyclopedia, journal, magazine and newspaper articles; online databases; and Internet resources.

  • How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography  

  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab is an EXCELLENT site to find help for writing papers. The MLA and APA Style Guides are very helpful. Purdue Online Writing Lab offers an email address where you can ask a question. 

  • Turabian Style Guide - Based on A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition, this guide provides examples in "Humanities" as well as "Scientific" styles for citing books; encyclopedia, journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; and online databases.



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