Before you begin ...
What citation style is required for your assignment?
For example, MLA (7th edition) does not require the full URL in your citation but your instructor may require it.
ASK your instructor if you don't know these answers.
- 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 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.
Use the tab "How do I cite ..." for help with creating citations for a few selected databases.
Microsoft Word is good for setting up your paper to a particular style, but the tools for citations are NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE and may not include all pertinent information.
When you use Word or other online tools it is important to check the accuracy of the citation format with 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 .