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Last Updated: Jul 06, 2020     Views: 103

Properly citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. The library has created a helpful Citation Styles research guide. This guide will help with how to cite in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, AMA, and ACS. GSU Libraries also has print citation manuals for different citation styles at each campus library. Just ask at the library service desk for which one you need, and a librarian will help you. Also, always be sure to follow any additional citation instructions from your professor. 

For help on how to cite, an amazing resource is Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL). It will include example citations for MLA, APA, and Chicago, and go over things like how to cite a tweet, how to cite a book versus an article, and how to cite a website. To get started with Purdue OWL, visit their homepage and on the left-hand side, select the citation style you are using (MLA, APA, or Chicago). Once selected, you’ll see a menu on the left side. Click the Formatting and Style Guide dropdown as shown in the image below to see things like sample works, in-text citations, and specific works cited examples. 

MLA style list with an arrow focused on the formatting style and guide drop down menu 

While you’re hunting for sources to use in your research, don’t forget to use the helpful citation tools found in most of the library’s databases. The Cite Tool is usually on the right-hand side or at the top of the page as highlighted in the image below.  


a database article entry with an arrow pointing to the cite tool 

This will open a menu where you can select your citation style. You can either copy and paste this citation into a document to work from later or email the citation to yourself. These citations are computer generated and aren’t always correct. Be sure to check the citation to make sure all information is accurate before using it in your final bibliography. Below is a screenshot of what this citation format window looks like in the library’s Discover search.  

citation format showing the citation of an article from the discover search 

Lastly is a useful video on how to cite that is a great place to start. 


For more help, ask a librarian. 


updated 7/6/2020 kas

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