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Quick Start to Research

Guiding you through the research process.

Why Citations and Works Cited/Bibliography?

Your professor has asked you to write a research paper with sources. Now what?  

Do research. You need to read what experts have written on your topic and then incorporate their ideas with your own into your paper.  To show that your are using another person's ideas and work, make a citation.  Citations mark places in your paper where you are using ideas from someone else.

If you use a word-for word quote from a source add quotation marks and a citation.  If you paraphrase from a source, add a citation.

 If you use someone else's idea without citing it, you are plagiarizing.  Plagiarism is academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated and you can fail your assigmnet or class and you may be dismissed from the college.  


You can access NoodleTools here

If you are not already signed in, you may need to enter your ICC login information first.


Below is a YouTube Playlist of 8 NoodleTools Tutorials, covering how to access NoodleTools, how to add different sources, and more! 

Click on the Playlist icon at the top of the video (the three bars and arrow) and you can select the specific video you want to watch. 

Check Generated Citations

Using Microsoft Office Word or citation generators in databases to create your work cited page or bibliography  is a good startBUT it is not always perfect. Check it against the style guides on this page

For example: in MLA format Word 2007 leaves off the medium of publication section.

In-text Citations by Research Ready (MLA Style)

The Studio

For help with all stages of the writing process, visit The Academic Support Center.


East Peoria Campus, Library Balcony, L442
(309) 694-5292

Peoria Campus, Student Center 
(309) 690-6809

For assistance please make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Annotated Bibliography

Do you need to make an annotated bibliography?  Get started here.



In-text Citations by Humber Libraries (APA Style)