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Citing Your Sources

While you are collecting your citations and sources, make sure you take the time to fully document what you've located. Make sure you have a record of the author, title, publisher, publisher's city, date of publication, page number, and call number. Having this information will make it easier to locate the source later and make it easier to complete footnotes and bibliographies.

Your professor will require you to follow a specific style for citing your sources. Some common citation styles are Chicago (from the Chicago Manual of Style), MLA (Modern Language Association), and APA (American Psychological Association). The library has copies of style manuals for you to use. The library's website has a page devoted to style manuals and instructions about citing. This link refers you to the citation style webpage at Calvin's library. Also, the About page for most research databases provides guidance for citing electronic full-text articles.

A student at Calvin has produced KnightCite, an online citation formatter. If you are unsure of Chicago, MLA, or APA style, you can fill in the necessary information, and KnightCite will show you how the correct format.

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