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Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies

Citation Resources

Citing your sources is an important part of the research process. Citation shows your readers where you found your information, gives credit to others when you use their ideas, and helps situate your work in an ongoing scholarly conversation.

Some common citation styles are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago. Below you will find some MLA resources recommended by Rutgers University Libraries:

Purdue OWL MLA Style Guide

Video: MLA Citations

Tutorial: MLA Citations

Quiz: MLA Citations

MLA Frequently Asked Questions


If you find formatting citations to be a chore, you may benefit from a citation manager. Citation managers are software that can help you save citations from a variety of sources and format your bibliography in your chosen citation style (such as MLA). Rutgers supports three citation managers, Refworks, Endnote, and Zotero.

Unless you already use Endnote or Zotero, Refworks is likely to be the most useful citation manager for you.QuickSearch and most Rutgers databases are set up to export citation information to Refworks at the click of a button.

You can sign up for a free Refworks account using this link.

For more information, please consult our Refworks page or the Refworks User Guide.

Refworks Videos


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