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Digital Media

Why Cite????

  • to acknowledge the information you used (and did not create yourself)
  • to acknowledge the cited author's expertise (on which you relied writing your essay...),
  • to allow the reader to find the source you are referencing, and
  • to enable her to use the references as a starting point for her own research.

Citing is to research as "assist" is to goal in soccer (or another sport): record is kept (statistics) and rewards follow: recognition and remuneration.

Web Resources

A citation generator is a tool to help you create citations (also called references) for papers or projects.

Typically, you enter the information you have about the information source (author; title; publication information; page numbers; journal name, etc.) into the software or online website. That service uses the rules of the citation style to create a citation that adheres to those rules.

College of San Mateo Library subscribes to NoodleTools and has informed instructors about that very useful tool. There are other tools online available and a few are listed below.

All About Citing

NoodleBib

Register while on campus - and use NoodleBib to create and edit citations and whole bibliographies.

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Alternatively, use NoodleBib Express (no registration reguired) to create citations, one at a time.