Research Aids

APA and MLA Citations

APA (American Psychological Association) is the preferred citing format for psychology, sociology, business, nursing, criminology, science, and law.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed). (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010

MLA (Modern Language Association) is the preferred citing format for humanities, art, history, interior design, literature, music, etc.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Print. REF LB 2369 .G53 2009

Research Tools

The following research tools can help organize sources and format citations:

» Mendeley:  organizes reference sources and generates citations and bibliographies; it also allows annotations and collaboration.

» NoodleBib Express:  generates quick citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago Style.

» Noodlebib MLA Starter: simple-to-use MLA bibliography tool.

How to Search the Databases

How to Search the Library Catalog

To determine if the Becker College libraries own a particular DVD, book, VHS, or other materials, search the »library catalog. Search by keyword, title, author, publication date, and also specific a particular campus (Leicester or Worcester). The handout below describes how to search the catalog.

Understanding Library of Congress Call Numbers

The handout below describes what a call number is, how to find items in the library by call number, what the call numbers mean, and what the status field means.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Click on the subject you are interested in below to view the Library Research Guide for that topic. Research guides list books, journals, and databases as starting points for your research. They also may contain a listing of reserve items and web links.

Ask A Librarian

If you have a question, a suggestion, or need research assistance, please contact the library via our email address below:

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