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Assistance with citing your sources for a research paper
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.

There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the tab above for the style you need and take a look at some examples.


Need more help?

Visit us at the reference desk in the library.  Come with your draft  bibliography and we will review it with you.

Fall/Spring Library Hours:

M - Th: 8am - 7:30pm

Friday: 8am - 12pm

Saturday: 12pm - 4pm

Reference Desk: 408-741-2029



This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.

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Research Papers

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.



There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
  • APA style is often used by Education, Psychology, and Business.
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts

Check with your instructor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!


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