Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
university logo

University Library

Special Education, Counseling, and School Psychology

https://calstatela.libguides.com/SpecialEd

Access RefWorks here

Why cite?

Citations are a critical part of your paper. Without them no one reading your paper would know what research you conducted, which articles/scholars you are referencing and where many of the ideas came from. You also run the risk of being accused of plagiarism if you don't cite/attribute the ideas or actual works of others.

Citations are useful too. They allow readers to reference additional material about your paper. Citations place your paper in context of a bigger set of ideas.

Citations are in text (the actual place you use someone else's language or ideas) as well as at the end of your paper. The in text citations are brief. Usually no more than a last name name and date in parentheses within the text of your article like this:

(Germano, 2009).

Citations are more complex at the end of a paper since they reference the full article, book, or web page. An APA style reference listed at the end of your paper would look like this:

Germano, M. (2009).

Citing articles doesn't have to be hard. The Journal of Research Can Be Easy, 1(2), 2-5. The citation is a complete 'address' of where to find the article.

Managing search results

From your search results, add the items that you like to a folder or marked list. You can then save, email or print these records, or export them to a citation manager like RefWorks.

Example from an EBSCO database:

Screenshot of search result from EBSCO database displaying article title, authors, subjects, and options to open full text in pdf format, or save result to a folder or export to citation manager.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300
323-343-3988