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

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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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TCH600 - Elements of Research - Dr. Royce

Librarian - Dr. Cook -   Skype me at doug.cook17257. I use Gmail chat -  If you need to talk to me on an actual phone, put a message on my machine and I will get back to you - 717-530-1621. (The Library has limited hours in the evenings and the weekends in Term 3, so contact me first.)

Advice to those getting started in research:

  1. You are "Standing on the shoulders of those who came before you" - See what others have written
  2. Find a few relevant articles and read them carefully - Search the databases for 'full text'
  3. Don't lock yourself into all details of your proposal too quickly as some topics just are not researchable
  4. Now, read everything about your topic you can get your hands on - 'full text' first, then use ILL
  5. Look up resources you find in the Reference list of good articles
  6. Keep track of everthing you read, including, info for your "References" list
  7. Write out your thoughts, rather than just thinking them - This will help you when you are ready to write your  proposal.
 The following resources can also be accessed from the Library's web page - Choose "Find Articles" then "In Databases"

1. Scholarly Articles in Education -

If you don't find full text of the article, choose "Check Availability" to order it via ILLIAD [inter library loan]

  • Education Research Complete 
    • Covers all aspects of the field of Education
    • Contains abstracts and full text of journal articles and other research materials
    • Access from on campus or off campus with Ship ID
    • Covers the field of Education, most recent materials include the full text
    • Contains more than 1 million items including journal articles, unpublished documents, research reports, curricular materials, etc.
    • Access from on campus or off campus with Ship ID

 2. Scholarly Articles in Psychology

  •  Psychological and Behavioral Sciences Collection 
    • Covers >500 peer reviewed journals in psychology and behavioral science which are not in PsycARTICLES
    • Contains >80% are full-text; almost all are peer-reviewed, many with coverage back to 1970
    • Access from on campus or off campus with Ship ID
  • PsycINFO 
    • Indexes abstracts of journal articles, books, and reports in psychology and related fields
    • Contains abstracts and links to full text when available
    • Access from on campus or off campus with Ship ID
    • Most titles have full text from 1985 or the first journal issue; coverage of the remaining titles extends from the mid-1990s
    • Contains full-text for 53 peer-reviewed psychology journals published by the American Psychological Association and related groups
    • Access from on campus or off campus with Ship ID

3. Other Article Resources

  •  Academic Search Complete  - Our main, full text database of journal and magazine articles in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business and eduation. 50% of the articles are available immediately in electronic form.
  •  Other subject databases - You may need to check our other subject databases.
  •  JSTOR  - provides access to an online archive for 700+ full text scholarly journals throughout the arts and sciences. It includes online backfiles which extend from the first issue to within 3-5 years of the current issue

4. Books - use WorldCat rather than the Library catalog

  •  - This is the mother of all library databases. If a book has been published in English it's in here. WorldCat indicates if Ship owns the book you found.  It includes links to InterLibraryLoan so that you can borrow a book from another Library. Also you may request a book in Ship's Library be mailed to your home. 

5. Other Useful Services

  •   InterLibraryLoan - ILLiad  - Articles not available in our databases can be ordered from ILLiad.  As well, you may request articles owned in paper at Ship be digitized and emailed to you. 
  •   Journal Title List  - a searchable list of all the journals to which Ship subscribes both digitally and in paper