Ideas are valuable and stealing them is a serious academic problem (not to mention a violation of the 8th commandment). Citations are the best way to show where you learned your ideas and give others the credit they deserve for sharing their valuable ideas. However, we know citations can be cumbersome to learn. That is why we provide a number of tools to help you give credit where it is due. The following list of tools will help you learn about citations and use them correctly.
Within our databases and Worldcat, you have the option of emailing or cutting and pasting a computer-generated citation. Look for a button near the upper right side of the screen that says “cite” or “email”. Always double check spelling and punctuation of the citation, computers make mistakes too.
NoodleTools – Especially recommended for your first few college papers. Noodle tools is a bibliographic composer and integrated note-taking tool for use with both APA and MLA styles. That means it guides you through the process of researching and citing.
- WJU students have access to NoodleTools through the WJU Library subscription. Create a Personal ID at the NoodleTools website. Keep track of this Personal ID and password since these accounts are not managed by the Library or IT department.
Zotero – A free Firefox plug-in that allows you to save citations to websites, books, and any other media you use for a research project.
- When you complete your research, Zotero can create a bibliography according to a number of different citation styles. Zotero has to be installed on your personal computer. It is not available on the library computers.
Citation Style Guides – Several citation styles are used at Jessup. Your instructor will indicate which is required for your class. All the style guidebooks can be found at call number REF 808 in the reference section of the library. We also offer some downloadable examples for the most common styles.