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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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ELP600 - Research in School Administration - Dr. Diller

Advice for 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 - First, search the databases for 'full text'
  3. Look up resources you find in the Reference list of good articles
  4. Keep track of everthing you read, including info for your "References" list
  5. Write out your thoughts, rather than just thinking them - This will help you when you are ready to write about your topic.
 The following resources can also be accessed from the Library's web page -

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
    • 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    • Contains more than 1 million items including journal articles, unpublished documents, research reports, curricular materials, etc.

 2. Scholarly Articles in Related Disciplines (not a complete list)

  • Other subject databases -   (Complete List) - includes labor law, health and medical issues,  communication theory, criminal justice (includes juvenile justice), etc.
  • PsycINFO - Indexes journal articles, books, and reports in psychology and related fields
  • Academic Search Complete  - Our main, full text database of journal and magazine articles in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, business and education
  • SocINDEX - Covers scholarly publications in sociology, social work, and related fields, with deep coverage from 1960 and some back to 1882.
  • Social Work Abstracts - Covers social work and human services, contains indexing and abstracts for >450 journals
  • Business Source Premier - Contains articles and abstracts from scholarly and trade publications, including information on organizational and management topics
  • LexisNexis - Contains full text of law review journals, court cases, legal briefs, business information, newspapers and more
  • 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


3. 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. Use this rather than the old Library Catalog.

4. 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