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The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

Introduction to Library Research

Library handouts and a video presentation on starting your research using the resources at the Macdonald-Kelce Library at The University of Tampa.

Why Cite?

Citations are a necessary component of academic research. Citations not only spare us from accusations of the dreaded "plagiarism," but even more importantly they allow the reader (and your professors!) to fact check your information. How do we know what an author says is true? We do so primarily by the citations researchers use to support their argument.  This is what makes scholarship scholarly!

Useful Citation Websites

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue (OWL Purdue) - Excellent resource. In addition to their up-to-date versions of the most popular citation styles, they also host a number of helpful handouts dealing with writing and grammar.

CSE (Council of Science Editors) - Citation and style often used with the natural sciences. This quick citation guide provided by PennState University Libraries.

CitationMachine, EasyBib, BibMe, etc. - These online tools can be helpful, but it's always best to check your citations against the official models available at OWL Purdue, or the stylebooks available in the library (ask at the Circulation Desk).

RefWorks - A bibliographic management tool that's supported by UT.

Citing government information - A helpful site from West Texas A&M on citing government information.

Citing laws - Introduction to Basic Legal Citation from Cornell Legal Information Institute


Books on Research

Citation Managers

Style Manuals

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