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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 citing them.

Many of the library's databases will help you cite works found through their database products.

  • 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 article.
  • 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.
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 database products.


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.

Need help?
The best place to go for help creating a bibliography of works cited 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.