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Seven Steps to Library Research: Cite your Sources

Seven Steps to Library Research - A step-by-step guide to efficient research using your MSJC Library.

Cite your sources

Purdue OWL

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) resources will help you learn how to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA) citations and format styles and contain resources on in-text citation and the Works Cited page, as well as sample papers and PowerPoint presentations.

You can also use one of the style guides listed below or another style approved by your instructor. 

Style guides in print (book) format:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009.
    (LB 2369 .G53 2009) [shelved at the reference desk]

    This handbook is based on the MLA Style Manual and is intended as an aid for college students writing research papers to cite sources within the social sciences and includes information on selecting a topic, researching the topic, note taking, the writing of footnotes and bibliographies, as well as sample pages of a research paper. Useful for the beginning researcher.

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington: APA, 2010.
    (BF 76.7 .P83 2010) [shelved at the reference desk]

    This authoritative style manual is for anyone writing in the science and research fields . Chapters discuss the content and organization of a manuscript, writing style, the American Psychological Association citation style, typing, mailing and proofreading.

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