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How do I cite this?

Hello everyone!

As you all know, we receive a lot of questions about citing sources at the Reference Desk. And we all love to be helpful!

While the library provides many tools to help students cite sources, we do not actually check citations for students. There are a couple reasons for this. One, the Learning and Writing Center offers this service (imagine how peeved we would be if the Learning and Writing Center started offering instruction on how to search Ignacio or the databases). Two, we don't want librarians and/or student assistants to be held responsible for a student getting marked down for an incorrect citation. Last, the librarians with whom you work do not check citations or generate citations, and we need to align our services so that patrons do not have unrealistic expectations.

As usual, our main mission is to help our patrons access and utilize information resources. This means we provide RefWorks, highlight the citation tools in the databases, link to the Purdue Owl site, and offer the style manuals in print and online. We will also help students navigate these resources, e.g. find the section on citing a web site in the Chicago Manual of Style.


I know all of you really like to be helpful and go above and beyond the call of duty. It makes you feel good and it makes me feel good as your supervisor. However, it's also important to draw boundaries (with this and many things in life). In this case, you should draw your boundary and refer students to the Learning and Writing Center if they need their citations checked or their essay proof-read.


The Learning & Writing Center

2130 Fulton Street,
Cowell Hall, Room 215
San Francisco, CA 94117-1045
TEL: (415) 422-6713
FAX: (415) 422-2194

Learning Center Hours:
Friday: 8:30am-5pm

Writing Center Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Friday: 10am-5pm

Writing Center Drop-in Hours (in Gleeson Library):
Monday-Thursday: 1-4pm


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Mar. 18th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
Alrighty then Kelci!

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