Citation Tools & General Tutorials
If you have any questions that aren't answered by the guides below, please ask a librarian for assistance!
- Off-Campus Access to Resources (video available here) - How to access library databases from off-campus.
- Five Steps to Effective Library Research - Explains how to research in five simple steps.
- General Search Tips and Strategies - Provides suggestions on how to get started searching for information and some key features in the databases that you might have missed.
- - Shows you how to get started with evaluating sources to make sure they're what you need.
- Primary or Secondary Source? - Explains the differences between primary and secondary sources in different disciplines, including examples.
- Scholarly, Trade, and Popular Publications - Explains how to identify and find these common sources.
- How to Identify Scholarly Articles - Describes the main features of most academic articles.
- A Guide to the Library of Congress Classification System - Explains call numbers in the University Libraries system, so you can quickly find your item
- Anatomy of a Journal Citation - Points out the various parts of a citation and what they mean to help you locate articles.
- Articles Delivered by RSS
- Searching Discovery (video available here) - Demonstrates how to search Discovery for articles and books.
- Locating: Full-Text Articles, Library Materials, Maps, or Newspaper Articles
- Academic Search Complete (video available here) - this guide demonstrates searching in this multidisciplinary, user-friendly database.
- ARTstor - how to use this database, that provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.
- JSTOR - this guide demonstrates searching this resource, containing articles from a variety of disciplines dating back to the 1800’s.
- LexisNexis Academic - learn how to use this database to locate newspaper articles, company profiles, and legal information.
- Web of Science - learn how to use this database to find articles in the sciences and humanities.
- ScienceDirect (video available here) - this guide demonstrates searching this publisher-specific database containing primarily scientific, medical and technical information.
- Value Line - learn how to use this database containing information on stocks, mutual funds, options and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.
- The Library of American Civilization - this microfiche collection contains materials dealing with American Civilization from the founding of the country through WWI.
The links below will provide examples of how to cite sources in the four main citation styles used at Mercer University. The print versions of the manuals are available at the Circulation Desk for in-library use.
Wondering why there are so many different citation styles? Find out here!
Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is software that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. This tool will help you keep track of the sources you use for your projects, and also help format the citations!
We also have some video tutorials available: