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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
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MGT 305 - Organizational Behavior - Dr. Goates

Research guide for Project and Presentation.
Analyze an organizational problem, phenomena, or event that has been in the news or described elsewhere. Select a topic, search the popular business press for information, facts and details regarding this topic. Research relevant organizational behavior topics related to the topic. Synthesize an expert analysis.

Research Process Overview

Determine your topic, then follow a process which makes sense to you for gathering relevant information.
Gather current events information about your company example. Explore academic journals and trade publications for information about yourorganizational behavior(s). Search for related current events and news-based items related to your topic. Synthesize.

Research Resources

Newspapers and popular press

  • For broad, up to the minute coverage there are plenty of "free" news sources, including:
    Google News
    Yahoo! News, etc.
  • For access to full-text articles from the business press, many of which are not freely available, use:
    Business Source Premier (includes business profiles, trade publications, research reports, product reviews, SWOT analyses, etc)
    ABI/Inform Trade & Industry (includes industry, market, and trade information)
    LexisNexis Academic (includes business news, industry & market analyses, financial reports, company profiles, company comparison tools, directories, etc)
  • Proquest Direct (includes citations and abstracts from national newspapers, business trade publications, etc), and
    Newspaper Source (includes full text from 160+ newspapers and syndicated columns)

Organizational behavior information

  • For research and opinion articles on orgnizational behavior use:
    Academic Search Complete (includes broad, cross-disciplinary subject indexing of scholarly literature)
    PsycINFO (includes psychology and related fields indexing, much of which can be applied to business topics)
    Annual Reviews (includes reviews of relevant subject literature, such as psychology and anthropology, and sother topics)

Research Processes

Search the popular press for topics

Explore specific problems in periodical or newspaper databases

  1. In Business Source Premier
    1. Search your topic or company
    2. Use left column items to focus search
    3. Limit within results by publication type
    4. Note SWOT analyses are available
  2. In ABI/Inform Trade and Industry
    1. Switch to the "topics" tab
    2. Enter your topic or company
    3. Select a relevant topic from the list
    4. Use "Narrow your search by" feature to target result set
  3. In Proquest Direct
    1. Enter your topic or company
    2. Use Suggested Topics Section to focus your results
    3. Limit by publication type if desired
  4. In Newspaper Source
    1. Enter your topic or company
    2. Use Suggested Topics Section to focus your results
    3. Limit by publication type if desired
    4. Explore scholarly literature about organizational behavior
  5. In Lexis-Nexis Academic (after focusing your search in the previous resources)
    1. Enter your search terms
    2. Select your news sources
    3. Specify your date range(s)
    4. Run the search
      (use the most specific terms you find in the above resources - this database will return an error if the search retrieves more than 1000 results)
    1. Click the "News" tab
    2. Enter your topic or company
    3. Use Terms or Natural Language
    4. Limit by displayed options if desired

Explore scholarly literature about organizational behavior

  1. In Academic Search Complete or PsycINFO
    1. Search organizational behavior
    2. Use left column items to focus search
    3. Limit within results by publication type
  2. In Annual Reviews
    1. Select Psychology or Anthropology
    2. Search organizational behavior

Other handy resources

See if the library has access to a particular periodical:
Publications by title (Newspapers & Journals)

Formatting those pesky references:
Citing Your Sources

Keeping track of your sources and help with citing your sources in your paper:

Several Course Guides offer more suggestions and describe methods of finding basic industry or market information including:Transprotation Industry, Human Communication, and First Year Seminar. For industry-specifc Marketing research consider using this guide.

Overviews of Business Databases

Databases by Assignment
Databases Tables of Content


Note that Google News will have up-to-the-minute news and events information; but, you should carefully evaluate the sources you find and check some of the resources discussed above for confirmation and additional background. Google Scholar is another source you might use to narrow your topic; if you use Google Scholar from on-campus you will automatically have access to library resources when they are available in your results set. If you use Google Scholar from off-campus, you should select Shippensburg University within the library links section in Scholar preferences to access these resources.