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How to Do Research: Citation Help

Use this guide to begin research on a new topic and to learn more about Ryan Library's research tools.

Citation Cheat Sheets

Use these "cheat sheets" to find sample citations for a variety of source types.  You'll see citations for journal articles, online resources, books, and more.

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Citation Help Online

Citation Style Guides Available in Ryan Library

Ryan Library has books for each of the main styles (APA, MLA, ASA, Chicago, etc.) available in the Reference Area.  Below are some specific examples:

Read More about It in The Saint Martin's Handbook

PLNU's College Composition courses use the 8th Edition of The St. Martin's Handbook as a guide to research. 

 The section beginning on page 402 provides guidance for citing sources in MLA style.  

 The section beginning on page 451 provides guidance for citing sources in APA style.

EndNote Web

About EndNote:

EndNote (Basic) is a web-based tool for managing and citing references in papers and creating bibliographies which allows users to:

  • Search online resources
  • Collect and organize references
  • Format citations and footnotes or a bibliography
  • Use numerous citation styles including APA, MLA, Chicago (Turabian). 

Addtional instructions are at the Endnote Guide.

Accessing Endnote:

  • EndNote is available to current members of the PLNU community. 
  • The first time you use EndNote, login with your PLNU Network ID and password.
  • Once you get to EndNote, you will be asked to create a login that can be used from anywhere--it will not be necessary to go through the PLNU website for future sign-ins to EndNote.
  • NOTE: EndNote works best in the Firefox browser.