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Library and Information Science: Citing sources


RefWorks is a tool that collects, stores and organizes citations from books, articles, web sites, and other sources. It can automatically format those citations into a bibliography in a multitude of different citation styles.

Guides & Handouts.
Quick Start Guide PDF File


Citation styles

The three LIS article databases all include citation generating features.  If you identify an article of interest, you can easily select a citation style (APA, Chicago, etc.) and generate a proper citation for it.

For advice on citation styles, see:

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) - an extensive guide to research, writing, and formulating citations.

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister - a guide to research and citation in the humanities, social sciences, history, and science. Includes instructions on citing electronic works.

HINT: Using a citation manager like RefWorks can be a time-saver. However, be sure to proofread and correct the bibliography that the software generates.

HINT:  Create properly formatted citations using the free web tool, Citation Machine.

References: Thanks to the UIUC LIS Library LIS LibGuide

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