Q. Where can I get help with citations?

Answered By: Kathryn Ray
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2019     Views: 4

Many questions about citing sources can by answered by consulting the Subject Guide “Citation Style Guide.” Use the link on the Library’s homepage under “General Information.”

The Citation Style Subject Guide covers:
          “Why Cite?”
          “Where to find links to the most frequently used styles” (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
          “Which Style Should I Use?”
          “Which Citation Program Should I Use?” (Citation Management software such as Zotero,  Mendeley)
           AU’s Academic Integrity Code

Also the book, Easy Writer, which is available in Course Reserves and in the Reference Collection, may be helpful.


If questions remain, Ask-A-Librarian. Librarians can offer suggestions on evaluating sources, explain general principles of citations, point to guides for the various citation styles, and show examples. Since the guides do not cover every unique resource, librarians can offer guidance on how to best cite sources that do not neatly fall in to one category.


Students are responsible for selecting academically appropriate research materials and for ensuring that citations are complete, accurate, and in the correct final format.  Students should be especially careful to double check citations generated by databases.


Neither the Writing Center coaches nor the librarians will proofread citations.



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