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Citing Sources: Home

A brief guide to the major styles - MLA, APA and Chicago


Citing your sources is important because:

  • It shows you've done research by looking up scholarly resources
  • It allows others to look up the sources you used to find the information
  • It prevents you from being accused of plagiarism 

Citations may look different depending on what style is used, but they contain the same information. The standard elements include:

  • Author name(s)
  • Title (of book or article and journal)
  • Date of publication
  • Page numbers

Books available in Lewis Library

Why Citation is Important

Citation Generator

Citation Management Tool

NoodleTools is a research companion that can help you manage citations and annotations.  
As a first time user, you will need to register on the NoodleTools site. It's best to create your account on campus for IP authentication and then once your account is created, you can access it from any computer with an internet connection. After you click on "Register" you will be asked to enter the College's credentials which are:

Username: niagara
Password: lewis

Then you will be asked to create a personal ID and password for your individual account. Click on "Register" at the bottom of the page once you fill out your log-on information. 

Then you have successfully created a NoodleTools account! To learn more about utilizing NoodleTools, check out this page.

Basic Information Needed to Cite a Book

  • Title of Book
  • Author or Editor name(s)
  • Publisher Name and City
  • Year of Publication



Basic Information Needed to Cite an Article

  • Title of article
  • Author name(s)
  • Name of Journal/Magazine/Newspaper
  • Volume, Issue Number, Date Published

Basic Information Needed to Cite a Website

  • ​​​​Author Name (if available)
  • Name of Website
  • Name of Organization Affiliated with Website
  • Date of Creation or Last Update (if available)
  • Date of Access
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