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The Moment…

Imagine this moment: You have finished your latest research paper or assignment. It has been exhaustively researched, written, revised, edited, tweaked, and saved. Your hand is poised over the print button as you savor this moment and all of the impending free time you are about to have. Free time in which you can do anything you want, watch TV, see friends, or just catch up on sleep. You then come to a horrifying realization: you have not completed your reference page yet! You flash back to the last time you wrote a paper, and the pain you went through trying to correctly cite all of your sources. Letters start to flash before your eyes, APA, MLA, ASA, Chicago, and you begin to panic…

There’s no need to panic! The University Libraries are here to help. We have many resources designed to help you quickly and easily cite your sources in a variety of formats and styles. Whether you are looking for help on line, or in print we have you covered, here are a few of the options to help with citing your sources.

One of the newest citation aids available on the Library website is CitationFox. This resource was created by the User Services Department and it is available for MLA and APA citation formats. It allows you to pick the type of source you are citing such as a book, article, or journal and further break it down by the number of authors or whether it is in print or online. You can then look at various examples as well as a template that instructs you on where to place the various pieces of information from the source. Try CitationFox and you will find it is extremely helpful when completing that pesky reference page!

Another great resource to use on the library style guides website is the “When and Why to Cite Sources page. This is a great resource complied by the University that will walk you through the process of citing various sources. It has helpful information on plagiarism, when you need to cite a source, and when you do not need to cite a source. It also deals with the difference between common knowledge, paraphrasing, and direct quotes and gives examples of each. It also answers the age old question, “Why cite sources?��? Overall it is a great resource and definitely a good place to get started or if you are ever stuck on a particularly difficult citation question.

Finally, on this page there are a variety of basic style guides for various citation styles. There are guides for APA, one was produced by the University Libraries and the other comes directly from the American Psychological Association. There is an MLA guide created by the University Libraries and both Chicago and American Sociological Society guides directly from their websites. These will give you the basics of all of the above mentioned formats and have you well on your way to a successful reference page.

Some people prefer to use a book, especially if they are working in the library, to complete a reference page. Here at Dewey we have a wide variety of print resources for all of your citation needs. If you are not finding some of these citation books on the shelf they may be on reserve, so visit the circulation desk and you can check it out from there. If you do take out a reserved item it often has a time limit on it, generally three hours, so manage your time wisely! Here are a few of the most popular print citation resources we have at the library:


American Psychological Association. (2010). (6th ed.). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Dewey REF BF76.7 P83 2010, also available for 24 hour loan in Dewey Reserves

Gibaldi, J. (2008). (3rd ed.). MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. New York: Modern Language Association of America.
Dewey REF PN 147 G444

Chicago Style
The Chicago Manual of Style. (2003). (15th ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Dewey REF Z253 U69

Legal Citations
The Blue Book: a uniform system of citation (2005). Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Law Review Association.
Dewey REF KF 246 U54X

If you have any questions about citing your sources, please feel free to ask a librarian for assistance. You can call us at 442-3691, email us at dewref@albany.edu, or drop by the reference desk!

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