Before you begin
What citation style is required for your assignment?
Are there any additional or specialized requirements?
For example, while MLA (7th edition) does not require the full URL in your citation, some instructors prefer that you do.
ASK your instructor if you don't know the answers.
The Language Center is available for all students seeking help with writing, including the following areas:
- Thesis, focus, and development of ideas in writing
- Organization and unity in writing
- Style and diction in writing
- Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
- Proofreading techniques
- MLA, APA, or Chicago documentation style
Information on the Language Center, including hours and location, is available at www.volstate.edu/LanguageCenter/
Citations from a Database
Library databases frequently provide citations for articles; however, the citations are not always accurate. Double-check the citation against your style manual.
While Microsoft Word provides automatic formatting tools for citations its is NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE and may not format all pertinent information.
If you use Word or another online tools it is important to check the accuracy of the citation against the appropriate style manual.
NoodleBib is web-based citation tool that creates properly formatted citations and is free to Vol State students. NoodleBib is the preferred citation tool but another online citation tool is EasyBib .