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Citation Styles

Your works cited page allows you to share your research with your reader and to give authors credit for their ideas. Your professor should state their preferred citation style on the syllabus or in the assignment information. Please make sure you are using the correct citation style. The Reference Department can help you figure out when, where, and how to cite your information. We can help with internal citations and works cited pages. Below are some basic guides for our most used citation styles.


APA 6th edition guide

MLA 7th edition guide

MLA 8th edition guide

 

AMA 10th edition guide

Turabian 7th edition guide

Turabian 8th edition guide

CSE 8th edition guide

ACS Citation Guide


RefWorks

The West Library also has access to a citation creation and storage program, RefWorks. Unlike other citation tools, you do not need to enter all of the information by hand.

RefWorks

 
Here is a step-by-step guide to using RefWorks: Step-by-Step RefWorks Guide.

The library's RefWorks group code is RWTexwesU. You need to be logged in to Off Campus access and get to RefWorks through the library's webpage in order to access it off campus.

Accessing WriteNCite Off-Campus

After you have installed Write-N-Cite onto your computer, open up Microsoft Word. Select the RefWorks tab at the top of the page and click Log In. This is where you will enter your login code. To find your code, you will need to log in to your RefWorks account. Go to Tools, then Write-N-Cite. Scroll down to Using Write-N-Cite and copy the long string of letters and numbers under Write-N-Cite Login Code. Paste this code into the login box in Word. Your RefWorks citations will then be downloaded; this may take some time.

Please refer to the RefWorks step-by-step guide for more information. For further RefWorks help, contact the Reference Department.
 

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Reference Department (817) 531-4802 reference@txwes.edu
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Risa Brown Reference Assistant (817) 531-4802 rwbrown@txwes.edu
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I cite sources in my paper?

We have quick-guides for many citation styles on our Bibliography Assistance page. For all other questions, please visit or contact the Reference Desk.

Q: How do I format a hanging indent?

For Microsoft Office: Highlight the entire page of your works cited page. Right click on the highlighted area and then select Paragraph from the menu that appears. Select Hanging from the menu under Indentation, Special.

Q: How do I use RefWorks?

There is a step-by-step guide for using RefWorks. For additional questions, please stop by the Reference Desk or email reference@txwes.edu.

Q: How do I import sources into RefWorks?

This is explained in Step Two of the step-by-step guide for using RefWorks. For additional questions, please stop by the Reference Desk or email reference@txwes.edu.

Q: What is the Group Code in RefWorks?

The library's RefWorks group code is RWTexwesU . You need to be logged in to Off Campus access and get to RefWorks through the library's webpage in order to access it off campus. Please refer to the RefWorks step-by-step guide for more information. For more assistance, please contact the Reference Department.

Q: How do I find the citation style I need in RefWorks?

To Add a New Citation Style to Your Favorites: Log in to RefWorks. Click on the Bibliography tab and select Output Style Manager.  You will see a LONG list of Citation Styles on the left.  Find yours in the list (i.e., AMA American Medical Association, 10th edition). Select it and click the right-facing arrow to the Add to Favorites box on the right.

Q: How can I use Write-N-Cite from my home computer?

After you have installed Write-N-Cite onto your computer, open up Microsoft Word. Select the RefWorks tab at the top of the page and click Log In. This is where you will enter your login code. To find your code, you will need to login to your RefWorks account. Go to Tools, then Write-N-Cite. Scroll down to using Write-N-Cite and copy the long string of letters and numbers under "Write-N-Cite Login Code."  Paste this code into the log in box in Word. Your RefWorks citations will then be downloaded; this may take some time. For more help please refer to the RefWorks Step-by Step Guide.

Q: I downloaded Write-N-Cite but got an error when I tried to install it. What is wrong?

In order to use the newest version of Write-N-Cite you need to have the full version of Microsoft Word on your computer. If you are using the limited, free version of Word that comes pre-loaded on many computers, you will need to use the old version of WNC. If you do have the full version of WNC but are still having issues, RefWorks technical assistance is available by calling 1-775-327-4105.

Q: Where are style manuals in the library?

The style manuals for APA, MLA and Turabian are in the library Reserves. Please ask for these at the Circulation Desk. There are also additional style manuals available in the Reference Collection on the library's first floor. The AMA Manual is available in our Online Resources collection. Ask at the Reference Desk for more assistance.

Q: Where can I get more help creating my Works Cited page?

The Reference Department will help you with internal and reference page citations and paper format for various styles including APA, MLA, Turabian, and AMA. Visit the library's website Bibliography Assistance page for more help, or come to the Reference Desk or email us.  For help with paper organization and writing instruction on identifying and correcting common punctuation errors and grammar problems, please visit the Academic Success Center.

Q: What is RefWorks? Will it help me make my works cited page?

RefWorks is a "citation storage" tool. The way to most effectively use RefWorks is if you use it to store the information about your sources as you do your research. WriteNCite is an additional tool that works with RefWorks to help you create your in-text citations and your bibliography. Both of these tools take a certain amount of time to learn in order to use them effectively. If you are going to be citing more than 15 sources in your paper, RefWorks and WriteNCite can be useful for you. Check out our step-by-step guide to get started, or contact the Reference Department for more help.

Q: I installed Write-N-Cite, but the tab isn't showing up in Word. What do I do?

If you have installed Write N Cite on your computer, but when you open MS Word no RefWorks tab is visible, follow these steps:

1) In Word, go to the File tab

2) Click on "Options" on the left sidebar

3) Click on "Add-Ins" on the left sidebar

4) Under the "Manage" dropdown menu, select "Disabled Items" and click "Go"

5) Select "Write-N-Cite" and click "Enable"