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Health Sciences Resources: Writing Resources and Citation Help

Resources to help with the research process!

Citation Tip!

Most MCTC Library subscription databases provide citation tools that you can use! Easily create citations in the style you need for your assignment - the citation tools are usually located in the database toolbar or within the screen of the source you are looking. But, ALWAYS double-check the citation to make sure it has been properly formatted! 

You can use the citation handbooks available in the library or other online tools such as the  Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) website. Your textbook may also have citation guidelines. 

As always, if you have questions, ASK!!

APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Resources

Helpful Information

If you need help, please let us know, click here to Ask A Librarian through email. 

To receive research assistance with a librarian, visit our Book A Librarian online form! 

You may also visit the Student Success Center within the Maysville Campus Academic Commons for writing help!


The one of the most important things to keep in mind when writing a research paper is to AVOID PLAGIARISM! Plagiarism can be DELIBERATE or UNINTENTIONAL so be careful how you use the the resources you have gathered during the research process.

Take OWNERSHIP of your research project and consider it an opportunity to learn and grow academically or otherwise. Research a topic you are interested in or are passionate about! Doing research CAN be rewarding!

What are peer-reviewed journals and why should I care?

Peer-reviewed journals, or refereed journals, are more commonly published electronically but these titles are published by and for a particular professional audience to provide current research in a field of work. Therefore, the focus of a peer-reviewed journal is narrow, covering only certain topics. For articles to be published, the author(s) work must meet certain criteria set by the journal and the work must be reviewed by other professionals, or "peers," in the field who agree on the validity of the work. This review process ensures that the article is accurate and relevant to the journal's audience. Peer-reviewed journals can present ground-breaking research and discovery to potentially bring about new and innovative approaches to a profession. 

Peer-reviewed journals differ in several ways from general-audience publications. Below are features you will commonly see in these kind of professional publications: 

Authority: The author(s) credentials are often included to indicate their expertise and knowledge in the field of work. 

Abstract: This is a summary of the article and the main ideas that will be presented, including the methodology and conclusions of the research.  

Specialized language: A peer-reviewed journal will often use specific terminology and technical terminology used in a professional community, assuming that the audience is already knowledgeable with this language. 

Methodology: Peer-reviewed journal articles may provide original research, experiments or studies done in the field. The article will provide background information, an overview of the methods used in the research, results and discussion, and conclusions. 

In-text citations: Other journal articles and sources are frequently referenced within peer-reviewed journals. This is the process of how information is created and how scholarship and knowledge is advanced. 

Supporting Images: Scholarly articles often contain diagrams, charts, graphs, or other visual representations to provide additional documentation of the research presented. 

References: This page is provided at the end of the article to provide a full citation of all sources cited within the text of the paper. 

Volume and Issue: Professional journals typically publish a volume annually, and assign issue number by month or quarter in most cases. The volume and issue of an article are an essential piece of its citation. For example, Volume 5, Issue 2 of a journal would be denoted as 5(2) in the citation. 

Lack of advertising: Peer-reviewed journals may have little or no advertising. The journals rely on the work and contributions of the authors/creators to have content to publish. The journals can be published in different and complex ways, such as through a publisher that makes the content available through a subscription or through open-access journals that allow professionals to view the research at no cost. 

For more information about peer-reviewed, or scholarly articles, view Anatomy of a Research Article by Stephanie Wiegand, University of Northern Colorado.