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How Do I Cite a Source?

It is essential that we acknowledge the intellectual property (ideas, words, findings, etc.) of others as we compile research papers and projects. The following tools will help with this process.

>>See also, Avoid Plagiarism


Citation Formatters

These tools assist in building a list of "works cited" or a bibliography to meet standards for specific styles (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.). Citation formatters tend to work best for basic citations of common materials, such as books and journals.

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Landmark Citation Machine
An interactive Web tool designed to assist with crediting information.

Citation Builder

Reference Manager (Help Guide)

Endnote (Case students, faculty, and staff may be eligible for Case Software Center download)


Style Guides--MLA, Chicago, APA, CBE, and more... 

A style guide or style manual provides standards for how information should be cited in books, journals articles, and other media. Following are some popular guides.

Web-based Guides

Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles : MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions and More

Modern Language Association Modern Language Association (MLA) (Purdue Online Guides)

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide--One of the most popular sites for online manuals is the one maintained by the publisher, Bedford/St. Martin's (Ohio State University)

American Psychological Association, APA, 6th ed. (Purdue Online Guides)

Citation Styles Online

Citing Electronic Information in History Papers--This carefully compiled resource by Maurice Crouse is a recommended tool for historians.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation--A citation primer by Peter W. Martin (Cornell Law School) based on the Seventeenth Edition of the "Bluebook.

How to Cite Maps

Print Guides available in KSL

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations : Chicago Style for Students and Researchers 

Writing Help

Online Writing Manual

Elements of Style
This classic reference advises that "one must first know the rules to break them."

Services FAQ

How Do I get started if I don't have a topic?
Academic Search Premier provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study.
How do I decide between Databases & the Internet?

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How do I find popular articles from Magazines or Newspapers?

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How do I choose a database?
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How do I properly credit sources in my research paper?
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What are Electronic Resources?
Electronic resources are generally considered to be Internet-based or online versions of print journals, newspapers, magazines, books, manuals, and other materials. It should be noted that some journals and databases are now published in electronic format only. This trend is expected to continue.
What are electronic or ejournals?

An electronic journal (ejournal, e-journal, ej, etc.) is a digitized or online version of a printed journal, such as the Physical Review A. Like most ejournals, this journal exists in both print and electronic formats. Collectively, the Case libraries provide access to thousands of electronic journals. This includes journals that are licensed independently by the Case libraries, journals in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center, and a select number of journals that are freely available over the World Wide Web.

Users should be aware that many titles licensed by Case are not accessible from the OhioLINK EJC. An example of this is Science Online, the Web version of Science Magazine.

What are research databases?

A database is a collection of information organized into a particular format. Every item in a database has its own record and each of these records is itself divided into specific fields of information (e.g., author, title, etc.) In this respect, a telephone book can be defined as a database.

An electronic research database is a computerized collection of information in digital format. The Case libraries provide access to several hundred research databases, many of which include the full text of journal and newspaper articles. View Research Databases for a complete list of databases provided by the Case Libraries.

Users should be aware that several titles subscribed by Case are not accessible from the OhioLINK Research Databases list. An example of this is IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore provides full text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings published since 1988 and all current IEEE standards.

How do I access the Databases from Home?

If you are a student, faculty, or staff at Case, you may access the databases with software-free remote authentication to OhioLINK electronic databases and journals. When you're away from your own computer or away from campus, logon to OhioLINK and choose a database or electronic journal.

You'll be prompted to enter Case as your school, your name and Case Account Number (your SS# is no longer used), and your library

For current Case enrolled and employed individuals, it's a simple way to have 2 hours of remote access to OhioLINK-only electronic content, and you can reconnect as often as you need to use the reources! Use any computer with a current web-browsr. (Remote authentication to Case-only resources requires VPN software on your computer.) Use PIN authentication for OhioLINK-only resources across the U.S. and around the world!

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