Welcome to the Citation Help Guide! Within this guide, you will find information and examples regarding a variety of citation styles and an introduction to several citation management software programs. When writing, we want our readers to be able to trace the conversation we are having with our audience and other writers. Clear citations signal where we found information that we refer to within our writing. If citations are not included, you send the incorrect message that all the information in your writing is yours alone, and your work will lack academic integrity.
Citation Management Software helps automate the process of collecting, storing, organizing, and citing your work in your papers and publications. Several software packages are commonly used at OSU. Select the software package you're interested in for more information, or consult our Citation Manager Comparison Chart for help in choosing which one to use.
Citation Handbooks provide guides to different styles of citation. Select your style under Citation Examples by Style for tips on how to cite, and for links to the style manual ebooks where available. What style you use will depend on what discipline you are in; if you are unsure, ask your instructor or the Thompson Reference Staff.
If you are still having trouble after exploring this guide, check out the Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research’s chapter on how to cite sources or Ask Us!
Just need to know how to cite something quickly in-text or in your bibliography?
Just search using the title, ISBN, URL, or other basic information, select your citation style, and get an accurate citation to copy into your bibliography. Or keep adding items to your project for a full bibliography.
Not sure which Citation Management Software package to use? Consult our comparison chart for a brief overview of the diffeences.
If you need additional help with your research for this class, including finding articles, organizing your research, or citing your sources, you can visit the reference desk on the first floor of Thompson Library.
Peer tutors are available Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 p.m. for 20-minute walk-in sessions in Room 122A.
For brief questions, please contact the Reference Desk. Autumn semester hours are Monday - Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, 2 to 6 pm.
You can also visit libanswers.osu.edu and use the contact information there (or the links in the "Contact the Libraries!" box above) to call, email, or chat with a reference team member (please let them know you are taking English 1110).