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This guide lists links to information about the major style guides currently in use at Wichita State University.  Use the table below to find information about how to cite references in your papers, about  common grammar questions, and to software that helps manage your references when writing your paper. 

Wichita State Students also have access to EndNote and EndNote Web, citation management systems provided by the University. Check out the library guides listed below for more information about citation managment systems.

These are sites that will help you "build" citations. They're pretty accurate, but be sure to cover your bases by comparing the citations against those in a style manual. Just choose MLA or APA and the type of source you need to create a citation for (a book, a journal article, etc.), and input all of the necessary information.

Ask a librarian if you need additional assistance. 

APA, MLA and most other citations styles require the citation list to be formatted like this:

  1. The first line of the citation begins on the left margin.
  2. The second line and all subsequent lines are indented one TAB or 5 spaces (called a hanging indent).
  3. Use double spacing throughout the bibliography page. Do not use extra lines or wider spaces in between entries.
  4. All citations are presented in alphabetical order by the first word in the entry.

To correctly format a list of citations in Microsoft Word, highlight the entire list, then go to the Paragraph tool.

  1. Make sure Alignment is set to "left" and Outline Level is set to "body."
  2. Make sure the left and right Indentation is set to "0."
  3. Under Special, change the indentation to "hanging" by 0.5" (inches).
  4. Under Spacing make sure "before" and "after" are set to "0 pt."
  5. Change Line Spacing to "double."

Altering the citation list this way is not necessary if you are importing citations from a citation manager like Endnote or Zotero.

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Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment.

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials

       


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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    Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
   Music Library  316-978-3029
   Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
   Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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   Chat with us via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours.
   If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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                                 316-453-6911

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         Email a librarian with your question.

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Subject Librarians provide library instruction, order requested books and other materials, and provide all levels of research assistance for faculty, staff, and students in all departments and colleges. To find the librarian assigned to your subject area or department, go to the Directory of Subject Librarians.

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