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SILC 4315 Theories of American Pluralism (Gauna): Citing & Writing Help

Course Guide

American Psychological Association (APA Style)

See also APA Style, which includes instructional aids (a student title page guide, reference quick guide, and more) and a searchable blog.

The following also may be of help, but always verify with the latest edition of the official style manual.

Citation Management

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, open-source citation management software that uses a web browser extension to save screenshots, full-text PDFs, and citation information from websites, databases, library catalogs, and other search tools with a single click.

With Zotero you can:

  • Save citation information, screenshots, and available full-text
  • Access your library online and sync to multiple devices
  • Use folders and tags to organize your research
  • Create group libraries for collaborative projects
  • Generate citations and bibliographies in Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice

Always verify output with the latest edition of official style manuals.

  • NoodleBib (now NoodleTools) Express was among the most accurate of free citation builders tested in 2011 by H. F. Chang, Oklahoma State Univ. Library
  • Mendeley is a free, downloadable citation management program that offers storage, organizational, and sharing options
  • Both support APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles

Do you need to cite a source but lack complete information or aren't sure where you found something? Try searching all you do have (author? title? a source name?) in Google Scholar. If that doesn't help, contact us.

Google Scholar Search

The Right Thing to Do

Citing sources is an important part of academic culture -- you're building on the contributions of others while seeking new discoveries, knowledge, and understanding.

  • Always cite sources when you use someone else's ideas or work
  • Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism, a violation of UHCL's Academic Honesty Policy, even if done unintentionally

Help for Avoiding Plagiarism & more...

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