Resources

Not sure how to properly cite a source? Holding an internal debate over whether to use a semi-colon or comma? Can't remember whether to do the parenthesis or division first in the order of operations? Take a look below for resources with answers to questions like these, as well as a wealth of other academic hints, tips, and tricks.

Citation Guides & Tools


Citation Guides

Olin Citation Research Guide
How to Prepare MLA Citations
MLA Citation Rules for Primary Source Documents
How to Prepare APA Citations
APA Style Guide to Electronic References (pdf)
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide
Chicago Citation Rules for Primary Source Documents
Style Guidelines for Honors Theses

Citation Tools

The following citation management and formatting tools are available to individual users on the Web. The Olin Library does not endorse or support any particular one of these, but we will assist you in configuring your chosen citation tool to work with our resources.

Citation management tools allow you to download citations from databases and websites, and to store, organize, and format those citations. These are good choices for large research projects with many sources, for ongoing research into an area of interest, and for any research where you want to save sources that you might wish to refer to at some point in the future. Citation management tools include:

Zotero: A plug-in for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari; also available as a stand-alone Windows application.  Free, with additional storage available for purchase.

Mendeley: A desktop and web program that stores document PDFs. Free, with additional storage and premium features available for purchase. Mendeley is particularly strong working with articles in the sciences.

EndNote: EndNote is the most elaborate and well-established citation management tool, with many advanced features and a steeper learning curve. It is available from the MyTools menu in Web of Science.  You will need to create your own free account.

Other citation formatting tools merely help you word your citations in the appropriate format (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). These tools are useful when you won’t need to return to your list of sources after completing an immediate project.

Son of Citation Machine: Free web tool for MLA and APA style citations.

EasyBib: Free MLA citation formatting, with APA and Chicago/Turabian formatting for a paid subscription.

NoodleBib: Part of Noodletools, a suite of tools for note-taking, outlining, and other writing tasks. Noodle tools requires a paid subscription, but has limited functionality with a free “MLAlite” account.

Readcube: A tool for organizing, referencing, and citing articles.  The basic version is free, with additional features available for a fee.

Resources by Department


Click on the academic department to see Olin Library's Research Guide for that discipline.


Anthropology (ANT)

Tutorials and Quizzes on Basic ANT Topics

Arabic (ARA)

Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Cambridge Dictionaries Online: Arabic

Art History (ARH)

Oxford Art Online

Web Gallery of Art

ArtLex Glossary of Art Terms

Biochemistry (BCH)

OSU Resources for BCH

Biology (BIO)

The Biology Project: Activities and Review of Bio Concepts

Sustainable Enterprise & Business (SEB)


Chemistry (CHM)


Overview of CHM Principles

Organic Chemistry Aid


Chinese (CHN)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Chinese Characters & Dictionary


Classical Studies (CLS)


Resource Page for CLS (inc. Latin Studies)


Communications (COM)


Computer Science (CMS)


Computer Science Glossary


Critical Media and Cultural Studies (CMC)


Economics (ECO)


Basics of Macroeconomics

Microeconomics 101


Education (EDU)


English (ENG) Editing Essentials & Lg. Studies


Environmental Studies (ENV)


French (FRN)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Verb Conjugation Reference


German (GMN)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Interactive German Aid


Hebrew (HBR)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Hebrew Resources from the Univ. of Washington


History (HIS)


International Business (INB)


Japanese (JPN)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Hiragana and Katakana Practice


Latin (LAT)


Latin Resource Listing (inc. other CLS resources)


Math (MAT)

101 Online Math Resources

Wolfram MathWorld


Music (MUS)


Theory Exercises

Theory References and Tutorials


Philosophy (PHI)


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Physics (PHY)

The Physics HyperTextbook


Political Science (POL)


Psychology (PSY)


"Plain English" Dictionary of PSY Terms


Religious Studies (REL)


Association of Religion Data Archives


Russian (RUS)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Russian Language Review


Sociology (SOC)


Spanish (SPN)


Practice Vocabulary and Speaking

Free Spanish Tutorials


Theater (THE)

Study Skills


Need help studying? Have difficulty taking decent notes? Get stressed out before exams? Explore some of the following resources to help you improve your studying habits.

Notetaking

Cornell Notetaking Method:  A unique notetaking method that provides a way to color-code and organize class and textbook notes.

Making the Most of Lectures:  Make the most of lecture-based teaching by taking efficient notes.

Note-Taking Skills:  A quick guide to evaluate how you can take better notes.

Reading College Texts

How to Read College Texts:  An in-depth analysis of the difference between high school and college textbooks.

Study Skills

How to Study.org:  Helpful web sites at all stages of your learning process and by academic department.  A treasure trove.

Overall Study Skills Guide:  Basic study skills in many languages.

Cook Counseling Center: This Virginia Tech site contains a wealth of study skill pages.

Student Academic Services at Cal Poly: This alphabetized library contains a variety of resources. 

Cornell University Learning Strategies Center: These videos will give you a brief overview of best study practices.

Ten Traps of Studying: Stuck during your study session? Feeling overwhelmed? Check out these tips for getting out of the top 10 studying traps!

Improving Concentration, Memory, and Motivation: Click here for a number of documents, videos, and links.

Emory Study Skills Resources: Take a look at this list of vairous help sheets, including tips for First Year Students.

Writing Support


BrainTrack: Transitioning to College Writing: Great resource for making the transition from high school to college writing.

Hamilton College Writing Center: Helpful, discipline-specific guidelines for writing.

A Short Guide to Writing in College (U. of Chicago): Having trouble formulating your thoughts into a paper? Use this helpful checklist to flesh out your writing.

Harvard Writing Center: Harvard offers a variety of guides and strategies for writing; click here to access these.

Swarthmore Student Resources: Click here for nearly 30 different writing resource guides!

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): Purdue's Writing Lab has hundreds of resources to help you on your writing journey!

UR Writing Center: The University of Richmond's Writer's Web offers hints and tips for each step of the writing process.

UNC Writing Center: The University of North Carolina's Writing Center has one of the most comprehensive collections of writing support materials on the web.

Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric: Check here for Dartmouth's resources for their students. 

Grammar tips:

Also, make sure to check out (and print) these homegrown documents: