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Writing Help

This guide contains information on using citation tools in library databases, access to common writing style guides used at SLCC, and more support to help with writing projects.


Welcome to the guide for writing help from SLCC Libraries!

Use this page for help understanding plagiarism, creating citations, and exploring writing resources.


What is plagiarism?  

The SLCC Student Code of Conduct defines plagiarism as, "Presenting within one’s own work the ideas, representations, or words of another person without customary and proper acknowledgment of that person’s authorship is considered plagiarism. Students who are unsure of what constitutes plagiarism should consult with their instructors."

Learn more about plagiarism

Use Databases' Built-in Citation Generators

The majority of the Library's databases, including OneSearch, Natural Science Collection, and Science Direct, have built-in citation generators. These help you to easily retrieve citations for your sources. Both Google Scholar and PubMed Central also have citation generators.

Note: Always consider the citations you pull from any citation generator to be drafts. You should review the citation for accuracy. You may need to fix spacing, indentation, capitalization, the number of authors listed in the citation, and URLs or DOIs. If you are using APA, for example, a common error is that the citation generator will capitalize every word in the article's title. Instead, APA using sentence case, where you capitalize only the first words of titles and subtitles and proper nouns.

Once you've selected an article, look for the "Cite" tool. In some databases, including Google Scholar and Natural Science Collection, this looks like a quotation marks (" ") icon. In others, it will say "Cite." Below is an example of the "Cite" tool icon for OneSearch and any EBSCO databases.

Cite icon from OneSearch

Additional Citation Resources

Visit the STEM Library Resource guide to learn more about why citations are important and how to create them.

SLCC Student Writing & Reading Center

The Student Writing & Reading Center is a free resource available to all SLCC students. In-person or online sessions with tutors can assist with understanding assignments, revising writing, comprehending grammar, becoming a better reader, and more.

Online Citation Resources

Writing Handbooks