June 17th, 2010

Verifying Citations: Wrapping Up Your Final Paper

It’s that time of the quarter again:

“I only have the author and the date.”

“I only know the title!”

“Help! I used this quote, but now I can’t find the article again.”

As learners are finishing their final papers, the library starts getting a lot of citation calls. Now, the librarians aren’t necessarily APA experts….. (See www.capellawritingcenter.com for that.) However, we do get a lot of questions about verifying citations. This happens when you forget to write down all the article information for the original source. I’ve been there myself.

Here are some tools to help keep your citations organized, so that you don’t have to scramble:

  • Database Research Log — track the keywords and search strategies work best for you in the library. That way you can re-trace your steps.
  • RefWorks — software for managing your sources and creating APA bibliographies
  • Google Scholar — this tool works well if you just need to verify an article’s year or journal title. Type the title or author in quotes.

Remember, most of the databases have a “Cite This” function. That can help you grab automated article citations as you go. Contact the library for more tips on managing your search results.

— Erika

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