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COMM 3319: Organizational Communication: Cite Your Sources

A course guide to library research resources for Prof. Eger's Communication and Gender students.


In a world of e-research, there are more data sources available than ever, which means researchers need highly efficient ways to manage vast amounts of information easily. RefWorks is a powerful online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Refworks Tutorials & Guides

RefWorks YouTube Channel

This recorded workshop from July, 2019 provides a more in-depth review of RefWorks here at Texas State:

RefWorks Guide

Come to the Refworks workshop to learn how to do the following: 

  • Set-up your account
  • Get information into Refworks
  • Organize, manage, and share your references
  • Create in-text citations and bibliographies in various citation styles 
  • Additional topics may be covered depending on attendee Refworks experience, needs, and time.


Periodical List

You can search for a specific journal/magazine/newspaper using Periodical List

Getting more help...

If you have specific questions about citing your sources, writing tips, or help with editing, you can go to the following places on campus for more assistance.

Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Get in-person tutoring at the Student Learning Assistance Center, or SLAC, located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library. Check the website for hours and availability. SLAC also maintains good handout page for quick reference.

Texas State University Writing Center

The Writing Center is located in Flowers Hall G09. You can get help with all types of writing, including papers, essays, and resumes. The Writing Center  offers in-person and online tutoring (check their website for more information). You can also print out documentation handouts in the Student Writing Tips page.

Citation Style

Here is the link to our Writing & Citation Style Guides page where you can get handouts with Examples for different writing styles including APA and MLA.

The handouts and links to examples on the Writing & Citation Styles Guide page don't have the entire contents of the APA, MLA. Copies of the latest print edition of the style manual are also available at Alkek Library for checkout. Or don't forget you can use the Ask A Librarian service and we'll be happy to help!

Understanding a Journal Citation

You'll see something like this:

It's important to know the parts of a citation so you can interpret it correctly. You must have at least the Journal name, volume, issue, and page number to be able to locate the article.

Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

A Note about Plagiarism

"The words you use should be your own
Don't plagiarise or take "on loan"
'Cause there's always someone, somewhere
With a big nose, who knows
And who trips you up and laughs
When you fall"

-- From the song "Cemetry Gates" on the album The Queen is Dead. Written and composed by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Performed by The Smiths.


It is important to cite your sources properly. If you want to learn more about avoiding plagiarism, read the Plagiarism Guide.

When you are writing your paper, you can use several ways to present information you have found in the body of your paper, and consciously avoid plagiarizing.

  • Direct quote

If you want to use a sentence or a passage exactly as it was written, you can include a direct quote, surrounded by quotation marks, and either using an inline citation, or a sentence before the quote referencing the author and work of origin.

  • Summary

You can also write a summary (in your own words of course) of the ideas or text you want to use. It helps to write the summary from your memory rather than looking directly at the passage.

  • Paraphrase

Paraphrasing is similar to a summary. It just means taking what you have read and rewriting it in your own words.