Research Tools

Need research tips? Don’t know how to cite your source? Worried about accidental plagiarism? Look no further! These resources have information on research methods, citation, and plagiarism. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Just ask a librarian at the circulation desk, call (218) 262-6746, or try the AskMN chat reference service!

Open Educational Resources

Citation Tools

  • Purdue Owl
    • This comprehensive guide to MLA and APA citation styles is maintained by Purdue’s Writing Center. Browse the guides for these two citation formats by using the links in the left navigation bar.
  • Citation Style Guides
    • This extensive guide covers APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and AMA citation styles and is maintained by the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library.
  • Citation Machine
    • Don’t have time to create a citation yourself? Citation Machine generates citations for you in your choice of MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and Harvard citation styles. Just input the correct information, and this resource will do the rest for you.
  • APA Style
    • This in-depth resource maintained by the American Psychological Association delves into the most particular citation issues associated with APA citation. New to APA? This site has a guide for beginners as well.
  • Citation Instruction
    • This interactive video created by Lycoming College provides tutorials in MLA and APA, and outlines the format of citations, when to cite, how to cite, and how to handle quotations.
  • Academic Citation Resource Guide
    • Whether you’re using APA, MLA, CMS or some other major citation style, this Ultimate Citation Resource Guide has you covered via 40 links to style guides, FAQs, tutorials, quizzes, sample papers, and tools to make your citation and research processes more streamlined.

Plagiarism Tools

  • Plagiarism Tutorial
    • This presentation clarifies the definition of plagiarism, describing what it is and how to prevent it.
  • Citation Style Guides
    • More than simply a citation guide, this resource includes information on avoiding plagiarism, evaluating internet resources, and tips for starting your research.

Chat Reference

Chat Reference is an online 24/7 reference service, available through To chat with an academic librarian in Minnesota about research questions, visit their site and click “College Research.” For general questions, click “Question on Any Topic.” Remember that these librarians are located around the state of Minnesota; the HCC library does not provide on-site chat reference at this time. If you have a question about the location of an item in the HCC library, please ask at the circulation desk or call (218) 262-6746.