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.


A guide to research using the print collections and online databases of the DI Library as well as open-access resources

Information Ethics

It is important to appropriately cite sources and use information in an ethical way. If you have questions, consult a librarian or your professor.

Why we cite:

  • To give credit to ideas that are not your own
  • To provide support for your argument
  • To enable your reader to find and read the sources you used
  • To avoid plagiarism and violations of the Academic Honesty Policy

Getting Started with Citations

ProQuest databases, Oxford Art Online,, and many other databases and websites will actually provide citations for you. You can usually select your preferred citation style (APA, MLA, etc.) when saving, printing, or emailing an article. However, you should always double-check because the auto-generators do make mistakes!

There are also a number of citation managers that can help you organize and format your citations:

  • Zotero is a free browser extension designed to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research
  • Citation Machine is a free website designed to generate APA citations
  • EasyBib is a free website designed to generate MLA citations