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AFAM/COMM 370: Communication and Diversity : Citation Tools

This course guide is intended as a starting point for research assignments in AFAM/Comm 370.

Citing Sources

Citations are key to participating in the scholarly community. They are a way to converse with other scholars, but they also:

  • Give fair credit to others for their ideas, creations, and expressions.
  • Back up claims and statements.
  • Provide a way for an interested reader to learn more.
  • Support academic integrity.

Consult Citation Tools to learn more about different citation styles.  Collins Library also supports two knowledge management tools:  RefWorks and Zotero.

Citation Guides

Print copies of the Chicago Manual of Style and the MLA Handbook are available on reserve in the Collins Library. Ask for them by call number at the Circulation Desk. Additionally, there are many great online sites that will assist you in interpreting and utilizing the manual.  Here are a few good ones to be aware of.

Chicago Manual of Style  - Access to the entire contents of the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.)

Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide

Examples of Chicago's Notes Bibliography System (Humanities Style) and Author-Date System

Examples of MLA Style Guide

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is an online knowledge management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Why should you use RefWorks?  There are both practical and more conceptual advantages:

  • You can easily save bibliographic information about all of your sources in a single place
  • You can generate bibliographies in dozens of citation styles
  • You can organize and re-organize your sources to fit any project
  • Over time, you will build a personal library of sources that will make it easier to reflect on and make connections between all of the research you have done for your separate classes, which is a key goal of a liberal arts education
  • You will have developed an impressive bibliography that you can continue to consult and add to when you are in graduate or professional school or are in your first job after college