What are citations?
- which ideas are taken from others
- from whom those ideas were taken; give credit where credit is due
- allow researchers to find, read, and comment on each others’ sources
APA, Chicago, and MLA are some of the main citation styles for research papers. Linguists tend to use APA, MLA, the Unified Style from the Linguistic Society of America or the Generic Style Rules for Linguistics (which your instructor is recommending you to use).
Below are resources to help you cite properly. You can also ask Brian Vetruba, your librarian for this course, for citation assistance.
What are citation managers? They are apps that allow you to import citation information from databases and catalogs, save PDFs, and format citations for your research using different citations styles (e.g. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). Some managers also allow you to include your own notes.
You can add the Generic Style Rules for Linguistics to citation managers, including Zotero. To add to Zotero, do the following
- Open up the client version of Zotero
- Click on the CSL file for Generic Style Rules for Linguisitics. You should be prompted to add this as a citation style in Zotero.
- If this doesn't happen, go to "Preferences" under "Edit" in Zotero. Then click "Cite" and then "Get Additional Styles" and scroll to the Generic Style Rules for Linguistics. After you click on it, it will automatically be added.
Besides citation managers, most library databases including Libraries Search, Linguistics, Language Behaviors Abstracts, MLA International Bibliography, and Google Scholar will generate citations that you can copy and paste. Look for quotation mark icon (") or the word "cite."