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A research guide for science students at Mitchell Community College.

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American Psychological Association (APA)

Citation Guide

Don't forget to cite your sources! Giving credit when using the work and ideas of others is critical for academic integrity.  You must always cite everything that isn't your own original idea or common knowledge.

Need help citing your sources in APA? Try:

  • The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.  Copies are available on reserve for library use only at both campus libraries.  See any library staff member for assistance.
  • The Purdue OWL APA Formatting and Style Guide offered by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).  This free resource offers a sample APA paper, basic formatting instructions, and specific instructions and examples for citing books, periodicals, articles from databases, interviews, speeches, lectures, photographs, paintings, songs, movies, TV shows, Podcasts, digital files, and more
  • APA Academic Writer: This resource allows students to learn about APA style and research using guides, video tutorials, and quizzes.  Students may also create and store citations and entire papers here using a variety of free APA-style templates.

If you're still uncertain about how to cite a source, use the tabs above to check out the other available citation help resources.

 

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

Modern Language Association (MLA) Help

Don't forget to cite your sources! Giving credit when using the work and ideas of others is critical for academic integrity.  You must always cite everything that isn't your own original idea or common knowledge.

Need help citing your sources in MLA? Try the Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL).

This free resource offers a sample Works Cited page, basic formatting instructions, and specific instructions and examples for:

  • Books
  • Periodicals
  • Electronic Sources
  • Interviews, speeches, lectures, photographs, paintings, songs, movies, TV shows, Podcasts, digital files, and more!

 

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

Citing Sources in Databases

Did you know that most Huskins Library databases can generate citations in a few simple steps?

In ProQuest Central, simply:

1. Open the link to an article, and then click "Cite" on the right side of the page.

ProQuest citation tool example

2. Select your preferred citation style from the drop-down menu and click "Change," then copy and paste the text shown into your Works Cited page. 

NOTE: citations created by citation generators are only as good as the information they are provided, and can sometimes make mistakes. For example, this citation failed to capitalize several words, and the spacing needs to be adjusted.  Always double-check your citations using a reliable guide.  Consult a style manual on reserve at the Huskins Library circulation desk, or contact a Huskins librarian for assistance. 

ProQuest citation tool example

Image credit:  ProQuest citation example, ProQuest citation example, (c) Sarah Sowa, Mitchell Community College, all rights reserved.

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

Citing Sources with EasyBib

You can also use a citation generator, like EasyBib, to create citations for sources.

Simply:

  1. Go to EasyBib.com.
  2. Select desired format (MLA 8th Edition or APA 7th Edition).
  3. Select the correct source format (from the tabs above the search box).
  4. Enter the required search terms (URL, ISBN, etc.) into the search box and click "Cite It."
  5. Select the matching source from the list provided (click "Cite It" again).
  6. Click "Continue" after reviewing the information gathered by EasyBib, then fill in any of the missing information you can find on the following page, then click "Cite." You may have to leave some fields blank, but do your best to fill in as much information as you can.
  7. Copy and paste your citation into your Word Document.
  8. Double-check your citation for errors (Do not skip this step!).

NOTE: Citations created by citation generators are only as good as the information they are provided, and can sometimes make mistakes. For example, this citation failed to capitalize several words, and the spacing needs to be adjusted.  Consult an MLA manual on reserve at the Huskins Library circulation desk, or contact a Huskins librarian for assistance. 

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

How to Add a Hanging Indent to References/Works Cited in Microsoft Word

A hanging indent is when all lines except the first line of each entry are indented.  The first line of each source entry should start at the far left, with each additional line of the entry being indented.

To create a hanging indent in Microsoft Word:

1.  Open your document to your References or Works Cited Page.  Use your mouse to highlight your list of sources.

2.  Click on the drop-down arrow below the Paragraph menu.

  paragraph menu drop down arrow

3.  In the Paragraph box, under Special, use the drop-down menu to select Hanging, then click OK.  You can also select Double under the Line spacing drop-down menu at this time, if you have not already double-spaced your source list.

paragraph menu hanging indent option

4.  Your sources should now all have a hanging indent!

source list with hanging indent

Image credits:  Microsoft Word paragraph menu, Microsoft Word paragraph box, Microsoft Word sources with hanging indent, (c) Sarah Sowa, Mitchell Community College, all rights reserved.

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

The Little Seagull Handbook

Available at both Statesville and Mooresville campus library locations, the Little Seagull Handbook with Exercises is a great tool for students looking to sharpen their citation skills.

Visit the main desk of the library to use a copy on reserve (library use only), or visit the stacks to check out a copy for home use.

 

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

The Write Place

Get the help you need with any writing project for any class. Whether you need help getting started, clearing a hurdle in the middle or concluding the process,The Write Place can assist you. Professional writing coaches will work with you one-on-one, focusing on your individual writing goals.

Walk in and get help on a first-come, first-served basis or make an appointment that works with your schedule (link below). Be sure to bring your syllabus, assignment guidelines and any work you have completed.  Hours of operation vary, please contact the Write Center or stop by for current times.

Locations

Statesville Campus
Huskins Library, First Floor (basement)

Mooresville Campus
Building A, Room 106

Contact

The Write Place
(704) 978-1374
writingcenter@mitchellcc.edu

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

The MIND Center

The MIND Center offers free peer tutoring in most courses. If you would like to utilize these academic support services at no cost, please fill out the online form (link below) and drop by a MIND Center location to pick up a referral form for your instructor to sign. Return with the signed form and get the help you need!

MIND Center Locations

Statesville Campus
Huskins Library, First Floor (basement)

Mooresville Campus
Building A, Room 106

Hours

Please visit the MIND Center website for current hours.

Contact:

Teresa Jordan, Administrative Specialist
(704) 978-3116
tjordan@mitchellcc.edu

Don't see what you're looking for?  Use the Need Help box on the left to contact your librarian, call the Huskins Library main desk at (704) 878-3271, contact the Mooresville campus library at (704) 978-1356, or email library@mitchellcc.edu.

Make a Research Appointment

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Make an appointment to meet one-on-one with a Huskins Librarian at your convenience.  To make an appointment, please complete the following form, and a librarian will contact you as soon as possible to confirm your appointment time.  Thank you.

Research Appointment Form

Note:  The Huskins Library staff will make every effort to accommodate your scheduling requests.  However, appointment times are subject to change according to library hours and librarian schedule availability.

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