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English Literary Studies: Cite & Write

Citing Your Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism

This site contains an interactive tutorial that explains what plagiarism is and how to properly credit authors.

Introduction to Annotated Bibliography

Citation Managers

Easy Bib


  • KnightCite Citation Maker (Heckman Library, Calvin College) supports MLA, APA, and Chicago styles for a wide variety of print and electronic resources.

  • Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. You can automatically generate bibliographies, collaborate with other researchers online, import papers from other research software, find relevant papers based on what you’re reading, and access your papers from anywhere online.
  • NoodleBib Express, a free version of NoodleBib, supports APA or MLA styles. It will prompt you with a series of questions to help you generate the appropriate citation.

  • Zotero is a free tool designed to help you gather, manage and share information about books, articles, web pages and other digital objects that you are using in your research, and to generate citations and bibliographies. Zotero is a Mozilla browser plugin. You can choose to gather your data on your hard drive (if you are working mainly from one computer), or on a flash drive or a network (if you frequently access your data at multiple workstations).


Writing Center

The Writing Center offers peer-tutoring to help you at all stages of the writing process from the first to final draft.

They offer tutorials, workshops, short courses, and handouts on citing sources, plagiarism, writing style, organizing ideas, grammar and punctuation. Visit their website or call x5367 (301-447-5367) to make an appointment.

In addition to their office in Knott Academic Center, the Writing Center offers walk-in hours at the Phillips Library Sunday-Thursday evenings from 7-10pm.

E-Books On Writing

These books are accessible electronically (from on and off campus).  To find other books on writing including print books that you can check out of the library, search the WorldCat Discovery using the subject: Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals.

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