Writing Citing

On this page you'll find information on:

  • Writing Help
  • Citing Help
  • Tools for Creating Citations / Reference Lists

Writing Help

The HTC Centers for Student Achievement are the best places on campus to get writing help.  They have many resources for better writing and studying.  

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Citing Help

Citing sources is an area that many students struggle with.  The HTC Centers for Student Achivement are great places for help formatting citations for your school papers.  However, some additional citation help is provided below.

What are citations?

Citations are quotations or references to other books, papers, or authors used in academic works.

Why are citations important?

  1. To give credit to the sources/idea of others you have used.
  2. To document to your readers or audience the sources you have used.
  3. To provide a pathway to the sources you have used for others to find.

What citation style should I use?

Your instructor should specify the particular style you should use while formatting your citations. In general, nursing and most of the applied sciences prefer APA style.  Humanities and general education fields typically prefer MLA style.  If you have questions about what style to use, ask your instructor.

Can I get automatic citations (formatted in APA or MLA style) for the library sources I find?

Yes!  Most library databases have a function that provides you with the automatic citations for a source it contains.

Library OneSearch - It is not recommended to get automatic citations from Library OneSearch.  It is recommended to get the automatic citation directly from the database that has the article.  However, if you need an automatic citation from Library OneSearch, you can find it by clicking the title of the item, then clicking the "Get Citation" link (quotation mark icon).

Library Article Databases (EBSCO, Gale, etc., via the Database A-Z List) - Most library databases will have a Cite tool that displays the automatic citation for an article.  To get the automatic citations, click on the article title then look for a link or icon that says Cite or Citation (or something similar).

Google Scholar - While not a library source, Google Scholar can be used to find academic sources when the above options do not find usable results.  In Google Scholar, look for the little blue quotation mark icon that appears under each entry in your results list.

NOTE: Automatic citations from library and online sources are not always 100% correct.  It's always best to double check the citation against a Writing Center citation handout or against the official citation style guide (print copies available in the library).

Is there an online guide or resource that can help me with this?

The library has a LibGuide for help citing sources in APA format.  It includes information on full citations and in-text citations: https://hennepintech.libguides.com/APAHelp.

The Purdue OWL website also has extensive citation help and examples for both APA and MLA styles:

 

Tools for Creating Citations / Reference Lists

There are many free websites on the Internet that will help you "generate" your source citations by simply filling out a form.  Here are some of the more popular ones:

Citation Machine

KnightCite

NoodleTools Express

EasyBib

Lastly, this is not a citation generator, but the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great source for citation help.

Purdue OWL (see APA and MLA Guides linked on the left of the site).

NOTE: Automatic citations from online citation generators are not always 100% correct.  It's always best to double check the citation against a Writing Center citation handout or against the official citation style guide (print copies available in the library).