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Guide to Agriculture Research in the Cal Poly Library: covers Animal Science, Agribusiness & Food Industry Management, Agricultural Education, Food Science, Human Nutrition and Plant Science.

Writing help

  • CPP's Learning Resource Center and its Writing Center provide tutoring on an appointment, online, and drop-in basis. Learn more about their tutoring options from their News and Events and Tutoring pages.

  • They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing - Borrow this book from University Library to learn "core moves of effective argumentative writing."

  • The Academic Phrase Bank provides "examples of some of the phraseological 'nuts and bolts' of writing." Web site created by John Morley at the U of Manchester. 

Help for citing sources

Why cite your sources?

  • To give credit to the creators of the information that you used in your papers, presentations, and projects
  • To add credibility to your argument or assertions
  • To help yourself avoid committing plagiarism
  • To share the sources you found with other researchers

For more information about avoiding plagiarism, visit CPP's Student Conduct and Integrity website.

Which citation style should you use?

  • Check with your instructor to be sure. Your professor may have provided guidelines and examples for the class to follow, so be sure to consult those materials.
  • If your professor allows you to choose a standard citation style to follow, aim for consistency when following it.

Citation tools can make life easier!

Create one or a few quick citations with these tools:

Or gather many references with a reference manager such as Zotero or EndNote. A reference manager can quickly create a bibliography for you, and you can choose from a variety of citation styles.

Citation tools and reference management tools are a big help but you still need to review the citations for accuracy and correct formatting. Ultimately, you are responsible for the citations that you submit for an assignment, not the citation tool.

See examples for different citation styles...

APA and MLA are two commonly-used standard citation styles, but check with your professor before using either.

For AMA style:

(American Medical Association)



For APA style:

(American Psychological Association)

For MLA style:

(Modern Language Association)