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Assistance with citing your sources for a research paper


This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.

There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the tab for the style you need and take a look at some examples.

Need More Help?

For additional assistance with any of these Citation Styles, consult our Information Commons Desk or call:

  • Irwin Library (940-9235) or
  • Science Library (940-9401)

Capitalization in Foreign Language Titles

When adding a title that is in a foreign languge, follow these basic rules regardless of citation style:

For German, capitalize the first word and all nouns.

For French, capitalize THROUGH the first noun in the title.

For Italian and other languages, capitalize just the first word.

(NOTE: Always capitalize all proper nouns.)


This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.

Please retain this box at the bottom of the Home page.

Citation Tools

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Research Papers

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.


There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
  • APA style is often used by Education, Psychology, and Business.
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts

Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!


RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and citation manager. It allows you to import references from text files or online databases, create and automatically format your bibliographies in any available style, and export them to another document.

You will need to create an account the first time you use RefWorks. Accounts can also be created to share with others for group projects; you can have as many accounts set up as you wish.

*RefWorks - NOTE for off-campus users:
When using the "Write-N-Cite" program from off-campus, you must follow these steps so you can be authenticated with the Butler University RefWorks account.

Windows users:

  1. Download the Write-N-Cite program from Refworks.
  2. After installing the program, it should appear in the upper toolbar in MS Word.
  3. To log in to Ref Works in Word, type the code given from your Refworks account. Copy and paste that code.

Mac users:

  1. Download the Write-N-Cite program from Refworks.
  2. Open Write-N-Cite.
  3. Select Preferences from the Write-N-Cite Menu.
  4. Select the Proxy option and enter the following URL:
  5. You must restart Write-N-Cite for this change to take effect.

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