How Do I...?
Go to these step-by-step text tutorials for using key library services and resources.

Rutgers RIOT
Take this interactive tutorial to learn about various aspects of the research process. The complete tutorial takes approximately 22 minutes. You can select specific modules to help with your individual needs.
The five modules are: (1) Selecting a Topic, (2) Finding Sources, (3) Selecting Keywords, (4) Identifying Citations, and (5) Evaluating Sources. This tutorial was created with the collaboration of the Rutgers University Libraries and the following programs and offices of the New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus: Office of Undergraduate Education, Office of Academic Engagement and Programming, Writing Program, Honors Program, and University College Community.

Indexes/Database Tutorials

To learn more about our online catalog, consult the Help page available from all pages in QuickSearch.

For specific indexes and databases, look for the HELP information on the RU Libraries' description page for each title or for the HELP link after logging on to an index or database.

Plagiarism Tutorials

Writing and Citing Guides

Cite Source Trinity College Library
Presents citation formats for the Chicago Manual of Style, The ACS Style Guide, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Citing Sources Trinity University
Instructions for using MLA (Modern Languages Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago, ASA (American Sociological Association), or Turabian styles to cite standard and electronic sources. Also includes tips on using sources in a paper and creating an annotated bibliography.

The Owl at Purdue Purdue University
Provides a section "Research and Citation" that covers citation format information for the American Sociological Association (ASA) style, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Writing and Citation Formatting
Offers an extensive list of resources to help you cite sources in all major citation styles including APA, CSE, Chicago, and MLA. Also provides information about citation management tools such as RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley.

Citation Formatting Tools

RefWorks (Legacy) [Rutgers Restricted]
A web-based research management tool that allows you to import references from many electronic databases and catalogs, include citations in your paper, build a bibliography using a variety of citation styles, and create a bibliography in a choice of formats. With video tutorials.

RefWorks [Rutgers Restricted]
A research management tool that allows you to save citations and full text documents and organize them into your own personal research library.

NCSU Libraries Citation Builder (APA, MLA, CSE)
Generates bibliographic citations in APA, MLA, or CSE format based on information you enter into a web form.

Son of Citation Machine (APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian)
Generates bibliographic citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian format based on information you enter into a web form.

A free, open-source research management tool that is a Firefox add on. It enables you to collect, manage, and cite research sources. To get started go to the Zotero Quick Start Guide.

Rutgers University Libraries Toolbar

Rutgers University Libraries Toolbar is a free Firefox browser extension that provides a drop-down menu to library resources, embedded library links on certain popular web pages such as Amazon.com, and new functionality to the "right- click menu" of your mouse.

eReference Sources

For overviews and background information on topics, good starting points are the Gale Virtual Reference Library [Rutgers Restricted] and the Sage eReference Encyclopedias [Rutgers Restricted]. See Encyclopedias for more.

For an extensive list of the electronic reference sources by subject areas, click on Electronic Reference Sources.

Popular vs. Scholarly Journals

For pointers on identifying scholarly articles, see Popular Literature vs. Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Literature: What's the Difference?

Distance Education Students

Basic information and short videos highlighting library resources for online learners.