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Databases, Citation Tools and Writing Resources

This guide provides resources to tools for managing citations.


The list below provides links to the most commonly used databases for completing the Honors College Research Project.
If you are Off-Campus trying to access the databases, login using your (A-Number - Username) @lawsonstate.edu not needed and your (6-Digit Date of Birth, ex. 010179 - Password).

Reference Databases

- a collection of reference resources and are a good source of background information on a topic. Learning about your topic helps you develop your thesis statement for your research essay. Doing background research on your topic also helps you identify keywords to use for searches in other databases.

- largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing full-text of more than 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed publications.

Citation Tools

Citation tools are tools that save and organize your references more efficiently, especially for longer projects. Use a citation manager to automatically create citations or lists of references (bibliographies) in different citation styles, insert citations into your paper, share your research, and collaborate in groups.

Popular Citation Tools

- a free application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to automatically download sources, and is completely free. Zotero was created for the Firefox browser and can also be used with Chrome.

- a free reference manager, PDF organizer, and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover related research. Mendeley is based on a desktop application (as well as iPhone and iPad apps) and an online account, both supported on multiple platforms.

Writing Resources

APA Writing Resources

- This page contains sample papers formatted in seventh edition APA Style. The sample papers show the format students should use to submit a course assignment.

- This tutorial is designed for writers new to APA Style. Learn the basics of seventh edition APA Style, including paper elements, format, and organization; academic writing style; grammar and usage; bias-free language; mechanics of style; tables and figures; in-text citations, paraphrasing, and quotations; and reference list format and order.

(PDF Download) - Use this checklist while writing your paper to make sure it is consistent with seventh edition APA Style. This checklist corresponds to the writing and formatting guidelines described in full in the Concise Guide to APA Style (7th ed.).

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