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Cite your Sources: overview of guide

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

   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.

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.

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.

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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