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IT 214: Database Fundamentals

Find the library resources you need to complete your IT 214 research project.

Citation & Writing Resources

The Mason Writing Center offers free writing support to Mason students, faculty and staff. Accomplished graduate and undergraduate students provide face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring, and workshops. They work with writers through all stages of the writing process from brainstorming and organizing to revising and polishing. To meet with a Writing Center tutor please schedule an appointment.


In addition to in-person tutoring, the Writing Center offers 45-minute video tutoring sessions for online students and on-campus students. Appointments for a video tutoring session can be made via the appointment scheduler.

ESL students who would like additional assistance can apply for the Writing Center's Opt-In Program.


Check the  "Resources" on the Mason Writing Center website to get writing and grammar hints.  Here are several of their guides:


Use Zotero to generate accurate citations and quick bibliographies. Get started with the printable guide, or try these video tutorials:

Do you need a specialized citation style beyond APA, Chicago, or MLA? Check out Zotero's Style Repository for other formats.

The Libraries provide workshops to get you started using Zotero. Check the workshop calendar for times and locations.

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Use Mendeley to generate accurate citations and quick bibliographies. Get started with these short video tutorials (~3 minutes each):

More tutorials and guides are available to assist you with using all the features offered with Mendeley. The University Libraries also provide workshops to get you started using Mendeley. Check the workshop calendar for times and locations.

APA Citation Style Basics

This Word template for student papers is formatted in APA Style, 7th ed., and can be used for your research paper. (From U. Of Wisconsin - Whitewater)

Read the text in the template because it provides information and tips about formatting your paper.


>>Make sure all the information text in the template is deleted when you turn your paper in!<<

Examples of APA style, 7th ed., citations for a book and a journal article:

Generic Book Citation format:

Author, A. (publication year). Book title in italics. Publisher name.

Actual Book Citation:

Farr, J., & Dow, B. L., Jr. (2020). Project management's role in life cycle costing.  American Society for

Engineering Management (ASEM).


Generic Journal Article Citation:

Author, A. (year published). Title of journal article. Name of  journal in italicsVol #(Issue #), page numbers.

Actual Journal Article Citation:

Monteleagre, R., & Keil, M. (2000). De-escalating information technology projects: Lessons from the Denver

International Airport. MIS Quarterly, 24(3), 417-447.

Examples of Data set Citations - APA (7th edition)

O’Donohue, W. (2017). Content analysis of undergraduate psychology textbooks (ICPSR 21600; Version V1) [Data set].


Smith, T.W., Marsden, P.V., & Hout, M. (2011).  General social survey, 1972-2010 cumulative file (ICPSR31521-v1) [data file

and codebook]. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producer].  Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor]. doi: 10.3886/ICPSR31521.v1


See the Citing Datasets subject guide ( for more information and examples.


Citing Statistical Tables from a Publication or Website:

See this comprehensive guide ( on citing statistical tables and charts from the Michigan State University Libraries.