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Need help getting started for a paper? Not sure how to cite your sources or write a works cited or reference page? This guide will help you!
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    This site contains information on citing your sources and gives lots of helpful tips and comprehensive information on various writing assignments.


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What's in this Guide?

The goal of this guide is to get you to do three things: understand the difference between a scholarly source and one that is not, avoid plagiarism by citing your sources properly, and find books and articles for your papers. I'll also include some helpful links for writing different types of papers.

If you need someone to go over a paper or essay with you, contact the writing commons at KSU. They can help you in person at the Kent main library or remotely using google chat.

Use the tabs above or the links below in this box to navigate. Happy Writing! And remember, if you have any questions about using the library or need help finding something, you can call, email or IM me using the box below my picture on this page.

  • Writing Center and Help with Writing
    Click here to access the online writing center and other resources on how to write almost every type of paper imaginable! Also includes steps on how to write your best paper yet.
  • Is it a Scholarly Source?
    You'll hear professors ask you for scholarly sources for your papers and research papers. Click here to see what they mean.
  • Using Databases Online
    Not sure how to get started looking for articles in a database or how to find databases? This page has tutorials and links. There are thousands of resources that you can use as a student for free.
  • Finding Books and Ebooks
    Whether you're on campus or a distance/online learner, you can use this page to access the library catalog and the books and ebooks you can use.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
    Plagiarism...that dreaded word. Click here to find out what constitutes plagiarism and the simple way you can avoid it.
  • APA Style Manual Help
    Help with the American Psychological Association's style manual is here. Use this for your papers depending on what your professor asks for. This page will help you cite your sources and create your references page in the APA style.
  • MLA Style Help
    This page will help you to use the Modern Language Association's style guide properly to cite your sources and create your works cited page. Consult your professor to see which style guide you should be using.
  • Refworks
    Refworks is a tool to use to keep track of your citations when you are browsing through online articles. Use it if you are looking at databases for sources. Information on how to use it is on this page.
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