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Research tips & tricks

How to use SuperSearch and other library resources

Writing and tutoring help

Which citation style should I use?

If you don't know which citation style to use, ask your instructor which style is appropriate for research done in the discipline.

Generally, you can follow this rubric.

APA: psychology, education, social sciences

Chicago: history

MLA: literature, arts, humanities

APA, MLA, and Chicago: Online style manuals

Citation manuals in the library

Citation managers

Citation managers create personal databases of citation information as well as notes on your research. With a citation manager, you can

  • import citation information from databases, article indexes, and other sources
  • organize your citations and pdfs
  • save .pdfs alongside their citation information
  • format your citations in a particular style (MLA, APA, Chicago, and numerous others), and incorporate those citations easily in your paper
  • take notes and include them alongside citations

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CSU-Pueblo students, faculty, and staff have free access to EndNote Web. You will need to Sign up for an account to save and manage citations.

Need help using EndNote? Check out the tutorial below, or register for the library's "Citing Made Simple with EndNote Web" research workshop.

Other citation managers are available online for free use. At CSU-Pueblo, these resources are yours to use; however, the library does not provide support for them.


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The "cite button"

Need to quickly grab the citation for a book or article? Check to see if the database has a cite button! 

Remember: The cite button is not foolproof. Always double-check the citation before submitting your final paper.

In SuperSearch, you'll find the citation button in the Send To menu:


 

In Ebsco databases (Academic Search Premier, ERIC, CINAHL, etc.), the cite button is in the right-hand Tools menu:


 

In Gale databases (Academic OneFile, Literature Criticism Online, etc.), it's at the top of the right-hand Tools menu