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Citing and Writing Help

Information on writing, citing, searching, evaluating sources, scholarly vs. popular articles, and avoiding plagiarism.

RefWorks Announcement

SJSU Library will be transitioning away from the RefWorks citation tool effective January 1, 2023.  

The library is here to support your adoption of either Zotero or Paperpile, both powerful and flexible platforms.  Learn more about this transition, explore Zotero and Paperpile, and obtain assistance in migrating your citation database by exploring the left-hand menu in this guide. 

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Writing Help

Citation Styles

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. These resources refer to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the arts and humanities. These resources refer to the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:

Chicago style is used in books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications. The Chicago Manual of Style focuses on providing guidelines for publishing in general, and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations focuses specifically on providing guidelines for student writers.

Style Manuals