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Cite Your Sources: General Research Guide: Cite Your Sources

Yes, I'm really making this a separate guide for citing sources. Here we go.

Cite Your Sources

Cite Your Sources

If the words: "Works Cited" or "Reference List" strike fear into your heart, please try to relax. Writing a Reference List or Bibliography (APA does not call it a "Works Cited.") for your research paper, project, or PowerPoint is a relatively straightforward task if you follow the guidelines below:

DON'T worry about writing your Works Cited/Reference List until you have the rough draft of your paper or other project completed. A list of sources without a project serves no purpose, so concentrate on content and writing FIRST.

DO make sure you have all the information you need. That means either writing down the following information you need for a citation or printing off the references that you find in the GALILEO databases and GIL-Find or on the web.

Here is a table that shows the information you will need for a Reference List/Bibliography:

APA Author's Guide to PUblication MLA Style Guide


Reference List/Bibliography Information
Books Author
Place of Publication
Publication Date
Chapters, Articles, or Essays in Books Author of the Chapter, Article, or Essay
Title of the Chapter, Article, or Essay
Name of the Book's Editor or Compiler
Title of the Book
Volume (if a multivolume set.)
Place of Publication
Publication Date
Journal Articles Author
Journal Title
In addition, any references from GALILEO need the following...
Retrieved Date of Last Access
from Database Name.
Available through GALILEO.

For APA style, DON'T use the citation forms that come with EBSCO CINAHL Plus, ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source, EBSCO Health Source, EBSCO Medline, or those from any other institution. The Social Science and the Nursing Departments at the Clarkston campus along with the JCLRC uses a local interpretation of APA designed to work with GALILEO and without long, complicated DOI numbers. The interpretation is based on and closely follows the Official APA format for articles at lack a DOI.

The APA formats used by various databases and other institutions DO NOT match our interpretation of APA and make it harder for other students and your professors to find your sources.