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Cite your Sources: overview of guide

Resources to help you with your citations for essays and research papers

Guide Introduction

   The Cite your Sources guide links students to resources on creating citations and papers in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. There are many citation styles in use but these three are the most commonly used in general education courses at Vol State.

On this page you will find some brief information and a few links for using AMA or CSE styles - and Cell journal. There are links to info on Office 365 and free tutorials on Word and Google Docs.

NoodleTools is a web-based citation management tool that creates citations and a properly formatted Works Cited (Bibliography) with your sources. Thigpen Library subscribes to this tool and provides free accounts to current students, faculty, and staff. Learn more and create your account from our NoodleTools guide.

Need personal help with citations or creating a paper in the correct style? Contact the Learning Commons.

Office 365 and Google Drive

Vol State provides its students with free access to Office 365 while enrolled in classes. Learn how to access Office 365 and get answers to other technology questions in the Knowledge Base - New Students.

Check out Word Basics quickly learn how to set margins, add headers, change line spacing, or change the font. This series of free tutorials is from GCFLearnFree. Have a Google account? Check out the free tutorials for Google Drive and Docs.

ISCI 1030: citation style for posters

Science disciplines use a variety of citation styles. Students in ISCI 1030 have been provided guidelines for the citation formats to use on their posters. Check your eLearn course for the latest information.

AMA (American Medical Association) Style

The medical field uses AMA (American Medical Association) style for writing research papers and citing sources. Here are links to resources for AMA style both online and in the library. NoodleTools does not provide AMA citations.

AMA Style – Online Resources

AMA Style – In the Library

CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style

CSE is also known as Scientific Style. It is commonly used by writers in areas of science for publication in science journals. Here are links to some online resources. NoodleTools does not provide CSE citations.

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Vol State Tutoring & Writing Support

The Learning Commons is available for all Vol State students seeking tutoring assistance and more. They provide help with writing and citing, including the basics of
  • Generating ideas and creating your thesis and focus, and development
  • Grammar, punctuation, and mechanics
  • Citing and writing with MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago/Turabian styles

In addition, online help is available through eLearn. Look for the links to Essay Review and Writing Support in the Academic Support support of your course page in eLearn.

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