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Writing 39C: Argument & Research: Citation Guide

Recommended resources for students working on their Writing 39C research and writing assignments.

Citation Guides

Reading and Using Citations

Bibliographies are a great source of information for your own research. If you've found a book or an article that you really like, always take a look at  the bibliography or works cited. You can use citations to find copies of the books and articles that are referenced.

A great way to do this is with UC-eLinks’ Citation Linker. If you have a citation and you want to find the article that it references, enter the citation information in the appropriate fields. Citation Linker will retrieve a digital copy of the article if one is available. Another way to find articles from a bibliography is to use Google Scholar

Reading a Bibliographic Citation

When you encounter a bibliography, you will need to decipher the various parts of the bibliographic entry to do a search. Usually, the title of a book or journal will be in italics. The title of a journal article might be in quotations, but not always. In some scientific journals, you will see journal titles abbreviated. That's okay, because the title of the article won't be abbreviated, and that's what you need to put in the Citation Linker or Google Scholar to search for the article. 

Citation Table

Endnote Basic Tutorial

Endnote Web is a free, online bibliographic management tool that enables you to do the following:

  • Save the references to articles you found in databases
  • Organize your references into folders
  • Automatically generate bibliographies

When to Cite

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Citation generators

Free, web-based tools that will generate citations for you