Services For:
Related Services:

CookDr. Doug Cook
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Office: LL115
Phone: 717-477-1123 ext. 3312

spacer image
Rate Your Library

spacer image

Citation Formatting

Quick Guides by Dr. Cook

Online Citation Tools

These programs allow you to electronically format your sources and create a bibliography that can be downloaded directly into your paper.

Source Aid

SourceAid’s Citation Builder formats your bibliography in MLA, APA, CMS & CSE styles. You can also save your work for later editing or addition.

Citation Machine

Citation Machine generates works cited entries in MLA and APA formats which are able to be copied and pasted into a word document.


We subscribe to this service! RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Include citations while you write your paper
  • Build a bibliography in a variety of style formats (MLA, APA, Chicago)
  • Import references from many data sources (Databases, Catalog
spacer image

SWK102 - Intro to Social Work and Social Welfare - Dr. Bourassa

Librarian - Dr. Cook -

The following can also be accessed from the Library's web page - - on- or off-campus 24/7.

1. Finding Biographical Information


  1. Encyclopedia of Social Work  - Includes entries on social work, plus information about over 200 social workers
  2. Biography Reference Bank - Features biographical essays, journal and magazine articles, obituaries, and other research sources on 1/2 million+ people.


  1. Ship Library Catalog - Locates the books which we own in Ship Library


2.  Finding Scholarly Information on Social Work Topics


  1.  Social Work Abstracts  - Has scholarly articles ONLY on social work.  best place to start
  2.  SocINDEX with full text  - Covers scholarly topics on sociology.  Includes articles on social work and other related fields.
  3.  Sociological Collection  - Covers scholarly topics on sociology.  Includes articles on social work and other related fields
  4.  JSTOR  -  Older articles. Provides access to an online archive for 700+ full text scholarly journals including sociology. It includes online backfiles which extend from the first issue to within 3-5 years of the current issue


  1. Ship Library Catalog - Locates the books which we own in Ship Library
  2. EZ-Borrow  - A cooperative catalog for borrowing books from over 50 academic libraries in Pennsylvania and the region, including Penn State and the University of Pennsylvania libraries.
  3. - This is the mother of all library databases. If a book has been published it's in here. Books in Ship Library are indicated. After you find out about a book see if we have it at Ship or in EZ-Borrow.

3.  Other Resources

  1. InterLibraryLoan - ILLIAD - Articles not available in our databases can be ordered from ILLIAD.  ILLIAD opens if an article is not available in the database you are searching by choosing "Check Availability"
  2. Journal Title List  -  a searchable list of all the journals to which Ship subscribes both digitally and in paper

4.  How Can You Tell if You Have a Scholarly Journal Article?

  1. Introduction
  2. Methodology
  3. Findings
  4. Discussion
  5. References


  • Hints 
    • Choose "Scholarly" or "Peer-Reviewed" when searching a database
    • Add the word "research" or "study" to your search topic