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Citing Resources: Introduction

Introduction

This guide provides a one-stop resource platform on prescribed formats of four citation styles - APA, MLA, Harvard, and IEEE.  

The guide covers:

  • the importance of citation for academic works;
  • features in the Library Catalogue, Databases and Google Scholar that can auto-generate citations;
  • use of Reference Management Tool such as Zotero;
  • citation guidelines when citing specific type of materials.

It is important to give credit where credit is due by citing appropriately using a standard citation style.

Reference Management Tool

Zotero is a free reference management software that allows you to:

  • store bibliographic details of your sources. 
  • store PDF versions of your articles.
  • automate formatting of your in-text citations and reference list through plug-in into MS Word. 

* Free storage limited up to 300 MB. 

 Steps to use Zotero software are highlighted in the slides below.

NOTE: Not all citations auto-generated by the software are error-free. It is best to cross ch​eck against the prescribed format. Making edits to the auto-generated citation may be necessary. 

 

Why citations are important?

OSLIS Elementary Videos. (2018, Aug 3). Citing sources: Why and how to do it 
          
[Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JV9cLDCgas

Quick Links

Citation Tools

Auto-generate citations from the Library catalogue

Databases that retrieve scholarly materials (e.g. journal articles and book sources) would almost always have citation generator functions, too

Google Scholar, an open access search engine that retrieves scholarly materials, also has an auto-citation function

NOTE: Not all citations auto-generated by the software are error-free. It is best to cross ch​eck against the prescribed format. Making edits to the auto-generated citation may be necessary. 

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