Kenneth J. Shouldice Library Help Me!
Plagiarism is using someone else's words or ideas without giving
them credit. It's easy to avoid plagiarizing by citing your sources.
In an academic situation, you are expected to use other people's ideas
either to build your own argument, or as a basis for your own work.
Academic people take what is known--what has been discovered by
others--and seek new information. So, you must use the work of
others. To be fair, you need to give them credit for their work by
Many of the library's databases will help you cite works found through
their database products.
Double check the accuracy of these citations to verify that they are
the way your instructor wants the material cited. While there is only
one "MLA" and one "APA," there are different "flavors" of the citations.
We suggest that you double check the citations provided by all of our
- In FirstSearch databases (Wilson Select Plus,
Article First, etc.) click on the record you wish to
cite (the title of the item, not the full text). An inch or so above
the title of the article will be a Cite This Item link. Clicking
on it will give you an APA, Chicago, Harvard and MLA citation for the
- In Gale databases (General Reference Center Gold,
Academic Onefile, etc.), look at the record for the specific
article (on the results page, click on the title of the article, not the
full text). On the right side of the screen is a box, outlined in red.
Click on Citation Tools. Choose MLA or APA, and click on
Save. A window will open with the citation in the chosen format.
- ProQuest databases also offer citation help from the article
record. Click on the title of the article (not the full text). On the
record page, below the search tabs is a light yellow band. An option
within the yellow band is a Cite this link. Click on it, choose
the preferred citation method from the dropdown menu, then cut and paste
the citation into a separate document.
- CSA databases do not provide citation help.
We've already discussed how to cite articles, but you can also cite
books by using the datab ase that covers books, WorldCat. Go to
WorldCat by going to Find Articles and Other Resources and
clicking on the Catalogs category. Choose WorldCat. Look
up the item you wish to cite, and click on the record for that
particular item. An inch or so above the title of the book will
be a Cite This Item link. Clicking on it will give you an
APA, Chicago, Harvard and MLA citation for the article.
The best place to go for help creating a bibliography of works
page is the Learning Center. The
mission of the Learning Center is to help students succeed. They do this
by not only working with the students, but perhaps more importantly,
coordinating their help with the faculty that teach the various courses.
They know what most faculty expect, and provide valuable help in citing
materials by helping you follow standard citation schemes.
The library also owns copies of the major citation methos. They are on
reserve at the Reserve Desk and may be checked out for two hours, to use
within the library.