Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Human & Organizational Learning

A guide for GW graduate students in the Human & Organizational Learning (HOL) and Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

Citation Help!

Citation Managers ( ex:  RefWorks) let you:

  • Import citations from the library catalog and databases
  • Store and organize citations
  • Add research notes
  • Format in-text citations
  • Create bibliographies in different citation styles

Citation Style Guides (ex:  APA) show you how to:

  • Document the sources you are using in your work
  • Create citations manually for all types of sources
  • Embed quotations and paraphrases properly in your text

Why Cite?

There are several reasons why it is important to cite your sources properly.

  • It is important to give credit to the person or group who discovered or created that information.
  • It allows your reader to find the source later if she wants to read it herself.
  • Citing experts gives credibility to the argument of your paper.
  • Proper citing indicates that you did a thorough job researching your topic.

What Information Goes Into a Citation?

There are guidelines of what to include and in what order for every citation style.  Here are the basics for the two most common sources.

For an article: 

  • author
  • article title
  • name of the journal, newspaper, or magazine
  • publication year
  • volume & issue
  • page numbers
  • DOI or stable URL if accessed online

For a book: 

  • author
  • title of work
  • publication year
  • city
  • publisher's name
GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC 20052202.994.6558AskUs@gwu.edu