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Cite as You Write

You’re about 1/2 way through the first summer session – and that means that you’ve probably completed a literature search and are starting to compose writing assignments. Don’t leave citing your sources until the end. Cite as you write – so you won’t have to hunt down an elusive resource you put into quotes – but forgot where you found it.

The Citing Sources Subject Guide is a good place to start. There are tabs for each of the major citation methods used at GRCC (APA 7th ed., Chicago 17th ed., MLA 8th ed.) , along with links out to easy-to-use guides like The Owl at Purdue.

Need more help? Librarians are glad to take a look at your citations and make suggestions. Send your citations to Ask-A-Librarian, along with a note about what citation method (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) you are supposed to be following. Not sure what citation style/format you are supposed to follow? Check your syllabus.

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Citing Sources Subject Guide

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How Do I Cite … Ask-a-Librarian

Are you polishing up your researched writing assignments? Librarians recommend “citing as you write.” You’ve got the cited resource in front of you and now is the best time to grab the data to cite appropriately and correctly. Three sources librarians use to answer your citing questions include:

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If you’ve got a citing question you cannot answer, copy the citation info into an Ask-a-Librarian form. Mention what format you are supposed to be following and whether you need an in-text or bibliographic citation, submit it, and a librarian will respond.

Remember, while database-generated citations are a great place to start, you *do* need to eyeball them to see that they match your assigned citation formatting style.

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Where’d you find THAT info?

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Citations contain detailed information about the sources used in your research – so the reader can track the source down, if needed. GRCC professors utilize a variety of formatting styles used for presenting this information, depending on your academic field, including Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago Style. Consult your syllabus if you are unsure about which style to use. Regardless of which style you use, there are two basic types of citations:

  1. full citations – those you list at the end of your work (such as a Works Cited or References page) 
  2. in-text-citations – those within the text of your work 

See the Citing Sources Subject Guide for more. The Guide includes examples of citations for each of the three main formats used at GRCC, plus links to the Owl at Purdue, a highly-regarded website on citation formats. There’s more, too, about computer-generated citations (which can save you lots of time and librarians LOVE) but which should always be double-checked against the citation rules.

Still need help? Ask-a-Librarian!

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Need Help with Citing?

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It’s “that time of year” when students are polishing up researched writing assignments. Citing as you write is the best practice, and you will have to put some work into citing appropriately and correctly. Three sources librarians use to answer your citing questions include:

If you’ve got a citing question you cannot answer, copy the citation info into an Ask-a-Librarian form. Mention what format you are supposed to be following and whether you need an in-text or bibliographic citation, submit it, and a librarian will respond.

Remember, while database-generated citations are a great place to start, you *do* need to eyeball them to see that they match your assigned citation formatting style.

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Cite as you Write – Help is Available

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Cite as you Write – words to live by so you can avoid that sinking feeling if you haven’t kept track of your information sources used to write a paper, and that job looms before you.

Need help with citing?  Librarians suggest the Purdue Owl websites for both APA Formatting & Style Guide and MLA  Formatting & Style Guide citation formats.  You’ll find those links on our Citing Sources Subject Guide. They’re easy to use, provide the “pattern” or “recipe” for a citation, followed by real examples.

Librarians are ready to assist you with citing. Visit the Reference Desk, call us at 616-234-3868, or use the Ask-a-Librarian email form.

 

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