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SDV-100 Library Tutorial


Denise Woetzel



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Avoid Plagiarism

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must cite the sources you use to:

  • Give credit to the author or creator.
  • Enable a reader to locate the sources you cited.
  • Demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of your information.
  • Show the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Strengthen your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

If you use ideas of others and present them as your own without citing these references, you are committing plagiarism, which is subject to disciplinary actions ranging from warnings and a failing grade to being expelled from the college. (See the Reynolds Student Handbook, Policy No. 1-34: Academic Honesty)

Important Reminders

Always check with your instructor on what format specifications to use for a particular class or assignment, especially when citing electronic resources including material found in library databases.

The automatic citation generators noted on this page are NOT FOOLPROOF.  These tools will save you time, but you should always double-check by:

  • reviewing the examples given on the Reynolds Library Citation Style: MLA and APA 
    online guides
  • consulting with a Reynolds Librarian
  • consulting with your instructor

Online Citation Guides

Citation Style: MLA

Citation Style: APA

Reynolds Library Online Citation Guides include:

  • examples for citing a wide variety of resources
  • in-text citation examples
  • Links to printable handouts
  • Links to other helpful citation guides


*** Important update (Sept. 2016): 

  • If you have an existing EasyBib account that was registered on-campus you can continue to use that login from on or off campus:
  • If you've never registered for an EasyBib account on-campus and want access to all of EasyBib's resources from off-campus, you must use this link and enter the following coupon code:  JSergVA161

EasyBib is a web-based tool for building and managing citations in various styles including MLA, APA and Chicago.  

Reynolds Libraries access to EasyBib allows you to:

  1. Create a bibliography quickly using the Autocite or Manual entry forms for over 50 source types.
  2. Use features such as footnotes and parenthetical formatting, adding annotations, etc.
  3. Export citations to MS Word or Google Docs. You can also email citations to yourself.
  4. Use your iPhone to scan and cite sources with the EasyBib iPhone app.
  5. Save and access saved citations and notes from anywhere.

If you need help on using EasyBib:

  • Check out the EasyBib Support site.
  • Or you can contact the Reynolds Libraries Reference Desk for additional information or assistance.

Library Database Citation Generators

Automatic citation generators are also available via many of the library databases.

Citation Guides at the Reference Desk

The most recent copies of the MLA Handbook and the  APA Publication Manual are kept at the Reference Desk of each campus library and are available for your use within the library.