WRITING & CITING HELP
On this page you'll find information on:
- Writing Help
- Citing Help
- Tools for Creating Citations / Reference Lists
The HTC Writing Centers and the HTC Learning Resource Centers are the best places on campus to get writing help.
For hours and location, visit their websites:
Many of the Writing Centers Handouts are also available online: http://www.hennepintech.edu/current/pages/649.
For additional writing help, please visit:
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) (free online resource)
Citing sources is an area that many students struggle with. The HTC Writing Center and Learning Resource Centers are great places for help formatting citations for your school papers. However, some additional citation help is provided below.
What are citations?
Citations are quotations or references to other books, papers, or authors used in academic works.
Why are citations important?
- To give credit to the sources/idea of others you have used.
- To document to your readers or audience the sources you have used.
- To provide a pathway to the sources you have used for others to find.
What citation style should I use?
Your instructor should specify the particular style you should use while formatting your citations. In general, nursing and most of the applied sciences prefer APA style. Humanities and general education fields typically prefer MLA style. If you have questions about what style to use, ask your instructor.
Can I get automatic citations (formatted in APA or MLA style) for the library sources I find?
Yes! Most library databases have a function that provides you with the automatic citations for a source it contains.
Library OneSearch (books and ebooks only!) - If you find a book or ebook when searching in the Library OneSearch catalog you can get the automatic citation by clicking the title of the item, then clicking the "Cite This" link.
Library Article Databases (EBSCO, Gale, etc., via the Database Finder) - Most library databases will have a Cite function. To get the automatic citations, click on the article title then look for a link or icon that says Cite (or something similar). If you do not see a Cite link/icon, you may also be able to get citations by choosing the Save or Email links/icons. The automatic citation would then appear in the saved file or email.
Google Scholar - While not a library source, it can be used to find academic sources when the above options do not yield usable results. In Google Scholar, look for the little blue Cite link that appears under each entry in your results list.
NOTE: Automatic citations from library and online sources are not always 100% correct. It's always best to double check the citation against a Writing Center citation handout or against the official citation style guide (print copies available in the library).
Tools for Creating Citations / Reference Lists
There are many free websites on the Internet that will help you "generate" your source citations by simply filling out a form. Here are some of the more popular ones:
Lastly, this is not a citation generator, but the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great source for citation help.
Purdue OWL (see APA and MLA Guides linked on the left of the site).
NOTE: Automatic citations from online citation generators are not always 100% correct. It's always best to double check the citation against a Writing Center citation handout or against the official citation style guide (print copies available in the library).
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