Why do we cite?

By - Research & Instruction Librarian April 26th, 2016

The Hum. 4 paper is due in a few short days & my inbox is happily filled with citation conundrums.


Why do we do it?


Academics cite for a variety of good reasons, including:

  • To supply the reader with the source information, should the reader wish to locate the item.
  • To demonstrate use of, and credit, the work being drawn upon.
  • To distinguish the different voices contributing to one’s project, including distinguishing one’s own voice and contribution to the conversation.


A quick shout-out to Noodletools.com (integrates with Google docs!) for citation creation and it even helps with in-text citation format.


Citation sticky wickets?  Let me know, happy to help!



Image Information:

NoodleTools: Works Cited Project Page. Noodletools. Web. 22 April 2016.


Scripturally Cited

By - Research & Instruction Librarian May 1st, 2014

Dear Encounters,

It was great to meet with you this week!

Thank you especially for your thoughtful scriptural citation questions.  With this in mind, the assignment research guide now includes citation examples for the explication choices and a citation example for the Ministry Matters religious text eCollection.

Questions/comments?  Do be in touch!  lsanborn@sps.edu


Citation Salvation and Deliverance from Plagiarism

By - Research & Instruction Librarian January 24th, 2014

Have you seen this?


Now hanging in the Humanities classrooms is a new poster, designed to achieve Citation Salvation and Deliverance from Plagiarism.

Scan the poster’s QR codes to take you directly to the library’s citation guide, to Noodletools and/or the Plagiarism avoidance library guide.

Comments/Questions/Feedback on our working document (or citation/plagiarism more generally)?   Please be in touch!  Ms. Sanborn

Cite Masterfully

By - Research & Instruction Librarian December 3rd, 2013

New on the library’s LibGuide site is a fresh guide devoted to citing MLA style.

Included in the guide are citation examples for all of the library’s digital collections, scripture, free-on-the-open-web sources an well as annotated bibliographies and an important bit about plagiarism awareness.


Curious about why we bother to cite?  This concept is discussed on the top page of the guide.





Questions about the why or how of citation?  Please do be in touch!  (lsanborn at sps dot edu).



Defining Citation

By - Research & Instruction Librarian November 19th, 2013


The library is working with the Dean of Studies office to more cleanly define citation.  The goal is to provide SPS an easy to understand what and why of citation.

Below is our draft.  Comments and suggestions are most welcome!  Feel free to post below, or, as always, feel free to email (lsanborn at sps dot edu).

Citation – What is it?

Citation is a standardized method of noting where one has located and then used/drawn on, another person’s work.

 Citation – Why?

Citation serves to identify the different voices that have contributed to the scholarly conversation, including yours.

 Citation – Types?

Several academic bodies have created their own discipline-specific citation style.  Here at SPS please use:

  • Humanities/Fine Arts/Math – MLA style (Modern Language Association)
  • Sciences – APA style (American Psychological Association)
  • Languages – Varies based on language.  Please consult language faculty.

Image courtesy of Wyoming_Jackrabbit under this Creative Common license.

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