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IT 293: Finding & Using Information Resources

This guide will help students in IT 293 find information about careers, jobs, professional organizations and more.

Get Help with Writing & Grammar


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

Check out these websites to get tips to help you become a better writer!

Tutorials from Linked-In Learning -- Do a module or two or complete the whole course.  Look at the Contents tab on the left hand side of the screen to identify individual modules to view.

Creating APA Citations

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

Generic Book Citation format:

Authors. (publication year). Book title in italics. Publisher  name.

Actual Book Citation

Farr, J., & Dow, B. L., Jr. (2010). Project management's role in life cycle costing.  American Society for

Engineering Management (ASEM).

Generic Journal Article Citation

Authors. (year published). Title of journal article. Name of  journal in italics. Vol #(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 Dataset Citations

APA (7th edition)
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


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


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.  The guide is filled with examples and is very helpful.

Citation Software Tools (Free)

The following  citation software tools can help you organize your research and create your citations when writing a paper using them.  Both tools collect and store the information about your sources that is needed to create a citation.  As you write your paper, they track your in-text citations.  They will then generate the reference list using the stored information.  

Free to download, easy to use -- Try one of them out!  Links to tutorials are listed with the link to the tool.

Citation Generators

Citation Tools & Resources

Generate accurate citations and quick bibliographies using Zotero. Get started with the printable guide, or 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.                logo for Zotero citation tool

Use Mendeley to generate accurate citations and quick bibliographies. Watch the videos below to learn more (~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.

Check out these resources to help you work with LaTeX and create bibliographies with BibTeX;