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Monday, November 07, 2005

Need Help Creating a Bibliography?

The Library has lots of tools to help!

A bibliography, also called a "Reference List" or "Citation List," is an organized list of the outside materials you've used in writing your paper. These materials can be books, articles, reference tools, web sites, or other print, visual, or electronic media. Most people working in the humanities use the MLA citation style, but a number of other citation styles exist. APA style is used in the social science, Chicago for history, CBE for biology, etc.

The Libraries' Citation Styles Resources page http://www.library.drexel.edu/resources/tutorials/citations.html provides links to two Resource Guides that provide examples of citing materials in each of the most popular citation styles. There's also a "citation machine" to help you build your own citation, and information about a special tool called RefWorks (see more on this tool below). You can also reach the Citation Styles Resources page by going to the Libraries homepage at http://www.library.drexel.edu/ and clicking the link for Tutorials/Online Instruction. Scroll down till you find the heading called "Citing your Sources: Giving Credit where Credit is Due." There is also a special guide here for citing electronic resources.

If you need more in-depth help on citations, the Hagerty Reference Desk keeps print copies of the complete style manuals for both MLA and APA styles. Ask at the Reference Desk to use these books; library staff members are also available to help answer your questions.

And, don't forget that Drexel's subscription to RefWorks means that everyone on campus is entitled to a free account! It's quick and easy to sign up for RefWorks -- see the information and tutorials on the Tutorial/Online Instruction page. RefWorks helps you manage your citations, create bibliographies in a number of styles, and even allows you to download citations from databases or other electronic sources. If you'd like further guidance on using RefWorks, come to one of the two introductory sessions offered at Hagerty Library, on Monday Nov. 14 or Thursday, Nov. 17. Both sessions will be held from 5-6pm in room L-19 on Hagerty Library's lower level.

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