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APA & MLA Formatted Citations!

Are you frustrated by the APA, Chicago or MLA citation styles? The library provides resources to help you to create, format, and manage bibliographies. One of our favorite tools is OneSearch Cite.  Resources in OneSearch come with formatted APA, Chicago, and MLA citations that you can copy and paste into your research papers.  Please note that citations are automatically formatted and need to be checked for accuracy.  The library help center includes citation examples that you can use to check your citations.

  1. Find the article/book
  2. Click the Cite icon
  3. Copy & paste the citation

Click the Cite icon for the formatted APA, Chicago, or MLA citation

1) Find the article or book in OneSearch

2) Click the title and then 3) click the cite button

4) Copy & paste the citation into your research paper.  Fix any errors

Visit the Citation & Plagiarism page for additional information, examples, and tools.

An illustration of instructions above.

Academic Writing and Publishing

Whether you are interested in publishing your research or just want to improve your academic writing skills, the UI&U Library is here to help. Check out the library’s newest e-books for tips on persuasive and effective writing, finding the right home for your research, and understanding the publishing process. You can also access additional publishing and writing resources in OneSearch.

 

 

They Say, I Say (audiobook)

“The New York Times best-selling book on academic writing―in use at more than 1,500 schools.
“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and―new to this edition―writing about literature.” -Publisher

Craft of Research

“With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, The Craft of Research has helped generations of researchers at every level—from first-year undergraduates to advanced graduate students to research reporters in business and government—learn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources, anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique.”  -Publisher

Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students

“Now in its fifth edition, Academic Writing helps international students succeed in writing essays and reports for their English-language academic courses. Thoroughly revised and updated, it is designed to let teachers and students easily find the topics they need, both in the classroom and for self-study. The book consists of five parts: The Writing Process Elements of Writing Language Issues Vocabulary for Writing Writing Models The first part explains and practises every stage of essay writing, from choosing the best sources, reading and note-making, through to referencing and proofreading. The four remaining parts, organised alphabetically, can be taught in conjunction with the first part or used on a remedial basis. A progress check at the end of each part allows students to assess their learning. All units are fully cross-referenced, and a complete set of answers to the practice exercises is included. New topics in this edition include Writing in Groups, Written British and American English, and Writing Letters and Emails. In addition, the new interactive website has a full set of teaching notes as well as more challenging exercises, revision material and links to other sources. Additional features of the book include: Models provided for writing tasks such as case studies and essays Use of authentic academic texts from a wide range of disciplines Designed for self-study as well as classroom use Useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate level Glossary to explain technical terms, plus index Written to deal with the specific language issues faced by international students, this practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to academic writing in English.” -Publisher

The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing

“The Handbook of Scholarly Writing and Publishing is a groundbreaking resource that offers emerging and experienced scholars from all disciplines a comprehensive review of the essential elements needed to craft scholarly papers and other writing suitable for submission to academic journals. The authors discuss the components of different types of manuscripts, explain the submission process, and offer readers suggestions for working with editors and coauthors, dealing with rejection, and rewriting and resubmitting their work. They include advice for developing quality writing skills, outline the fundamentals of a good review, and offer guidance for becoming an excellent manuscript reviewer.” -Publisher

Stylish Academic Writing

Available in ebook and audiobook format

“Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read―and to write. Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword’s analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce. Stylish Academic Writing showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master.” -Publisher

Essentials of Publishing Qualitative Research

“Getting a qualitative article or book published involves more than simply doing the research, writing it up, and sending it off. You also need to know how to navigate the social relations of presenting your work to the journal editor or book publisher—and how to craft your message to them—if you want to be successful. Written by a highly-respected publisher of qualitative research, this brief, practical resource shows you how to identify the right home for your work. It also guides you through the publications process– from crafting the abstract to writing, production, and marketing–once you’ve found the best publisher. The author -demystifies what publishers and journal editors do, how they make their decisions on qualitative articles, research studies, and methods. [Also] discusses edited books, how to publish from your dissertation, and when to consider open access and electronic publications. Includes case studies, appendixes, forms, and resources to help the aspiring academic” -Publisher

First Steps in Journal Article Writing

“This concise and practical volume guides the reader through the process of article writing for submission to scholarly journals. It provides helpful examples and clarification of the steps involved and will prove to be an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced researchers. Chapters include selecting a topic, proposal design, research design and methodological considerations, submitting an article for publication and the role of critical readers.” -Publisher

Publishing Journal Articles

“This accessible, informative and entertaining book provides practical strategies to help maximize the chances of success in getting your work published in the journal of your choice. It offers advice on vital topics such as: how to write and get the style right; what to select for publication; how to plan for success; how to cope with writer’s block; working with editors and reviewers; and how to cope with rejection. It is a must-have book for anyone seeking to write for successful journal publication.” -Publisher

Successful Academic Writing: A Complete Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists

“Using rich examples and engaging pedagogical tools, this book equips students to master the challenges of academic writing in graduate school and beyond. The authors delve into nitty-gritty aspects of structure, style, and language, and offer a window onto the thought processes and strategies that strong writers rely on. Essential topics include how to: identify the audience for a particular piece of writing; craft a voice appropriate for a discipline-specific community of practice; compose the sections of a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods research article; select the right peer-reviewed journal for submitting an article; and navigate the publication process. Readers are also guided to build vital self-coaching skills in order to stay motivated and complete projects successfully.” -Publisher

Write it Up: Practical Strategies for Writing and Publishing Journal Articles

“How do you write good research articles — articles that are interesting, compelling, and easy to understand? How do you write papers that influence the field instead of falling into obscurity? Write It Up offers a practical and revealing look at how productive researchers write strong articles. The book’s guiding idea is that academics should write to make an impact, not just to get something published somewhere. Your work will be more influential if you approach it reflectively and strategically. Based on his experience as an author, journal editor, and reviewer, Paul Silvia offers systematic approaches to problems like picking journals; cultivating the right tone and style; managing collaborative projects and coauthors; crafting effective Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion sections; and submitting and resubmitting papers to journals. With its light-hearted style and practical advice, Write It Up will help graduate students struggling with writing their first paper, early career professors who need advice on how to write better articles, and seasoned academic writers looking to refresh their writing strategy or style.” -Publisher

Writing Research Critically: Developing the Power to Make a Difference

“This is not a standard guide to writing a dissertation, thesis, project report, journal article or book. Rather, this book will help researchers who are dissatisfied with the typical recipe approaches to standardized forms of writing-up and want to explore how academic writing can be used to greater effect. Packed with examples from a range of writing projects (papers, dissertations, theses, reports, journal articles and books), this book provides a practical and refreshing way to approach and present research. Through case studies the authors offer a step-by-step guide from the early stages of planning a writing project, whether an undergraduate paper or a professional publication, to the polishing processes that make the difference between a merely descriptive account to an argument that intends to be critical and persuasive. This book will inspire a wide range of researchers from undergraduates to postgraduates, early career researchers and experienced professionals… and demonstrate how research can have more impact in the real world. -Publisher

 

New Cite Button!

Resources in OneSearch come with formatted APA, Chicago, and MLA citations that you can copy and paste into your research papers.  Please note that citations are automatically formatted and need to be checked for accuracy.  The library help center includes citation examples that you can use to check your citations.

  1. Find the article/book
  2. Click the Cite icon
  3. Copy & paste the citation

Click the Cite icon for the formatted APA, Chicago, or MLA citation

Zotero at UI&U

Have you heard of Zotero? Zotero is a powerful citation and research management tool that can save you time and help safe-guard your research. This program allows you to import citations and save PDFs of most resources to your personal Zotero Library. Your Zotero Library helps you organize research, link back to articles and webpages, and provides the information needed to create a bibliography and in-text citations. Zotero is compatible with Microsoft Word and LibreOffice, and using either of these programs, it will instantly generate citations formatted in thousands of styles.

Zotero Library

Zotero Library

With the Zotero sync tool, you can access your research from any computer with an internet connection, and it is compatible with most major internet browsers. Perhaps best of all, Zotero is free to use. While this tool usually takes experienced researchers several days to learn, we highly recommend taking the time to master this resource if you are completing graduate-level research. If you are interested in using Zotero, please visit the UI&U help page for step-by-step instructions on creating a Zotero account. Your UI&U Librarians are also available for one-on-one training and assistance.

Formatted APA & MLA Citations

Did you know that the UI&U Library’s OneSearch provides formatted APA and MLA citations that you can copy and paste into your bibliography?  Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing tool.

  1. Find the article or book in OneSearch
  2. Click the title to access the detailed record
  3. Click the Cite button on toolbar
  4. Copy & paste the citation into your research paper.  Fix any errors.

6 Ways the Library Helps You

The UI&U Librarians are committed to helping you succeed in your academic program.  We know that juggling life as an adult student is a challenge, and we have compiled a list of ways we can make things easier.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you are struggling to use the library or find the resources you need.  We are happy to help and will work around your schedule.

Ask a Librarian by email (library@myunion.edu), phone (513-487-1487), text (513-854-0542), or live chat.

Here are 6 Ways the Library Helps You: 1) It’s an online library available from the comfort & convenience of your home. 2) OneSearch allows you to search millions of online resources through a single search. 3) Interlibrary loan is available to request resources not available through the UI&U Library. 4) Articles and ebooks in the library come with formatted APA & MLA citations. Yes! 5) Career and job hunt videos are available to help you write resumes, interview, or polish professional skills 6) We are friendly librarians committed to help you succeed.

 

 

Make this your Best Term Yet

Would you like to become a better presenter?  Better at organizing your time?  Interested in finally mastering APA citations?  The UI&U Library has many handbooks, videos, and other resources that can help make this your best term yet!

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