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Promise Scholars: Welcome

Library research guide for Promise Scholars

How to Get Help

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Cañada College Library Redwood City, CA
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Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Text Message: (650) 535-8398
Phone: (650) 306-3480

Adjunct Faculty Librarian

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Cynthia McCarthy
Cañada College Library
Bldg. 9, 3rd floor

The plagiarism spectrum

Commonly used citation styles

Your librarians at Cañada College have created guides with examples of commonly used citation styles. The citation style you use depends on the academic discipline of your class and the instructor's preference.

Typically, English, history, language arts, cultural studies, and other humanities disciplines use MLA. Social Sciences, such as psychology, linguistics, sociology, economics, criminology, business, library science and nursing commonly use APA. Not many community college instructors require students to use CMOS, or Chicago Manual of Style, but you may encounter it at universities if you study literature, history, and the arts. The Council of Science Editors (CSE) scientific style used for citing sources in the sciences, including biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics and physics

Your professors will include which citation style they expect you to use in the syllabus, or you can ask which citation style they would like you to use.

Library services

The Cañada College Library, on the third floor of Building 9, offers computers, textbooks, technology, research help, printing, and group study rooms.

Library computers do not require you to log in and do not have a time limit so you can come and stay all day. Chromebooks, hotspots and calculators can be checked out from the circulation desk after you complete a technology loan agreement.

Search for textbooks available at the library. If you do not see your textbook, fill out the Textbook request form for students.