Friday, April 24, 2009

Pre-formatted (APA, MLA, etc) Citations for Journal Articles

If you've ever done a college-level research paper, you probably know that the process of properly citing your sources and formatting them to fit a specific citation style such as APA or MLA can be time-consuming and frustrating.

Luckily, when you do your research through the online library, you have several very useful tools available to you that can help with this. First and foremost, you can find links to citation style details and sample papers right on the library home page (in the middle column).

Second, you can now also use tools, within some of the library databases, to help you do the citation style formatting! Just find the tool and copy-paste the already formatted citation right into your list of references or bibliography (example below is from Academic Search Premier):

WARNING: these citation tools are not foolproof and can and do sometimes get the formatting or information incorrect. Do not just copy and paste without evaluating. Whenever possible, always double-check your citations for proper formatting against an up-to-date citation style guide.

The following major databases have such an option, look for it on any results page (see items highlighted in red on screen shots below):

Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier & more (EBSCOHost):

ProQuest (ABI/INFORM, etc.):

Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, etc. (Gale):

Questions? Ask a Librarian

Monday, April 13, 2009

New library home page launched!

The library has launched its new and improved home page next. We've streamlined the design, emphasizing the most-used research tools, and decreased the number of links displayed.

Note: only the home page layout is changing. Other pages within the library site will remain as they are.

If you'd like to leave us some feedback or comments on this change (or any other library service), please fill out a Feedback form.

Questions? Ask a Librarian