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African American Studies: Citation Help

This libguide is designed to help you find materials to aid in research. Choose one of the tabs above to get to information about that resource.

Which Style??

What citation style you need to use depends on your course and instructor. The most common are APA , MLA, and Chicago (sometimes called Turabian). Check your course syllabus and ask your instructor if you are unsure. If you need help contact Academic Support.

Using MLA Citation Style

See the MLA tab in the Page Library Citation LibGuide.

Using Chicago Citation Style


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offense.

Any student found to have committed any acts of dishonesty, including by not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary sanctions outlined in Article IV.B of the Student Handbook. You may be given a failing grade for plagiarizing or even dismissed from school. It is serious, and nowadays there are numerous electronic tools used by your instructors to detect it.


Using APA Citation Style

See the APA tab in the Page Library Citation LibGuide.

Using the "Cite" Button

Most of the Library's e-resources (databases) can generate a single citation for you.
Places to look for the Cite Button or other Citation Tools in E-Resources:

  • The right-hand menu on the article abstract page.
  • At the top of the results list.
  • Immediately under each citation in the results list.
  • At the very bottom of an article or article abstract page.

Before you turn in your work, however, double-check these generated citations against OWL at Purdue, following the links for the style you are using.