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Distance Education Support: Citation Help

A one-stop for the library's online research tools and resources for Solano College's distance education students.

Citation Style

Citing your sources ... necessary but often tedious.  There are many different "citation styles" (ie: sets of rules for documenting your sources and formatting your paper), but the major two you'll likely encounter are MLA (Modern Languages Association) and APA (American Psychological Association).  Different academic disciplines usually use one or the other (example: English goes MLA, Psychology goes APA).

The databases have citation makers, but they're often wrong (sometimes horribly so). Make sure you use  reliable cheat sheets or citation generators (see below).

MLA (Modern Languages Association)

Citation Generators

The library database citation-makers often mess up your citations in a big way.  And then there are websites... tricky, sometimes, to cite! Use a citation generator to create perfect (or as close to perfect as possible!) citations:

Try: KnightCite (from Hekman Library @ Calvin College)

Try: (make sure you select the appropriate citation style and edition when using this tool)

APA (American Psychological Association)

4000 Suisun Valley Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 864-7000
2001 North Village Parkway
Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 863-7836
545 Columbus Parkway
Vallejo, CA 94591
(707) 642-8188
530 Hickam Ave., Bldg. 249
Travis Air Force Base, CA 94535
(707) 424-2431