Research help for students, faculty, and staff in Agricultural Sciences.

Need to cite your work?

The most commonly used citation styles include MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian. Use these links to understand the differences between the styles and how to properly use them:

Use American Psychological Association (APA) Style

Online help

APA formatting and style guide - Excelsior College OWL 
Click-through guide with citation examples and more

APA guidance from the CSU Writing Center (online)   
APA guidance from the CSU Writing Center.

APA exposed tutorials - Harvard (online)
Multiple, brief online tutorials.

APA style blog (online)
Guidance from APA style experts.

Official guides

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (print)
Libraries copies of the complete, 6th edition guide to APA style.

APA style guide to electronic resources (online PDF)
Guidance on citing specifically electronic resources (websites, online journal articles, and more). CSU affiliates may print or save this guide for personal use.

Locate DOIs's Simple Text Query (online)
Enter citations and readily locate existing DOIs.

Citation Help in Databases

SOME databases will give you the bibliography part of your citation. Look for a "cite" link, select the style you want, then copy and paste into your bibliography. Be carful with these and remember three important facts:

  1. These are not 100%! You need to double check them.
  2. These will only give you the bibliography part of your citation. You still need to write the in-text part of the citation.
  3. They are only available in a few selected styles. If your citation style is not available, you can't use them.

Citation Managment Programs

Citation Management programs are designed to collect and organize your citations, and often the actual documents you are interested in. The benefits of using these programs include:

  • Gather and store references while you research.
  • Create a personal research library of references, images, and PDFs.
  • Most programs will "talk" with Word and write your in-text citations and bibliography for you.
  • You can organize your citations in different folders and groups.
  • Allows you to return later to see what you have worked on over the years.
  • You can place everything you are interested in reading in one place and refer to it as you need.
  • Share your references with colleagues/collaborators/anyone.

Some examples of these programs include:

Use this comparison chart from The University of Wisconsin-Madison to compare EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.

There are many other options. Wikipedia has a Comparison of reference management software page.

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