Library Research Guide
Keep track of the sources you use for your research so you can cite them in your paper and bibliography. It is very important to cite your sources to provide appropriate credit for the ideas of other researchers to avoid plagiarism. You will create a citation whenever you use the words (direct quote) or ideas (paraphrase) from another author.
It is important to cite for several reasons:
You will usually use APA format to cite the articles you find unless you have received different instructions from your professor or you are writing for a publication that requires a different format. One benefit of using a citation manager is that you can change citation formats easily.
Many databases have a "cite" link on the records that will help you create a citation in the appropriate format, like this one in ERIC:
This can be a helpful starting point, but you always need to check it.
You may need to edit the DOI given by the cite feature.
Incorrect DOI format from the cite feature (highlighted parts should be removed): doi:http://dx.doi.org.er.lib.k-state.edu/10.26634/jet.17.4.17670
Any time you see "er.lib.k-state.edu" in a DOI or other URL, remove it for your citation link. It is what tells the database to ask for your K-State eID login, and will not work for anyone outside of K-State
Correct DOI format for APA 7th edition: http://doi.org/10.26634/jet.17.4.17670
APA 7th edition does not use "doi:" in front of the DOI link.
I highly recommend using a bibliographic management tool. It will save you lots of time in writing your bibliographies, but be sure to proofread - it isn't perfect! Zotero is a good (free) citation management option. Zotero has a quick start guide, and you can find many Zotero tutorials online.
Find more citation tools on our Citations and Bibliographies research guide.
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a good resource for more information about APA and other citation formats. The APA website provides lots of great tutorials. The APA Style Blog (an official publication of APA) answers questions about tricky citation issues.