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Agriculture Resources: Evaluating and Citing Sources

Find books, articles, census and statistical data, news services, extension, information networks, reports, and weather.

Evaluating Resources? Use the CRAAP test

The CRAAP test, which stands for

  • Currency,
  • Relevance,
  • Authority,
  • Accuracy,
  • Purpose

is a list of criteria/questions that you should keep in mind as you evaluate a book, article or website. 

Use this handout (from California State University - Chico) to help you determine whether a source provides good information... or not.

Need Help Writing?

The MSU Writing Center at Renne Library offers feedback to writers at any stage of the writing process:

  • Brainstorming
  • Drafting
  • Researching
  • Revising
  • Polishing
  • Citing

Walk-ins are welcomed but not guaranteed. Register for an appointment.online or call 994-5315.

Citing Your Work

The most commonly used citation styles include MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian. Use these links to understand the differences between the styles and how to use them properly:

Citation & PDF Management Programs

These are the most commonly used citation and PDF managers and are useful if you are working on multiple projects at once that use the same citations, if you have many citations you want to retain and use, and/or if you are working on a theses, dissertation, or a work for publication. The main headers link to more a detailed guide on each system.

EndNote Desktop

EndNote

  • Free for MSU students, faculty, & staff. See Installation guide.
  • For Windows or Mac
  • Organizes citations, take notes, and format references in Word.
  • Store article PDFs and Figures
  • Automatic PDF import and full text retrieval
  • Integrates well with Web of Science
  • Includes EndNote Web access for sharing
  • Frequently used by MSU researchers

 

EndNote BasicEndNote Basic

  • Free for all users
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word. 
  • Can store up to 2GB of article PDFs
  • Integrates well with Web of Science
  • Web accessible
  • Share groups
  • Login (proxied for access to MSU resources)

 

MendelMendeleyey

  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • Can store up to 2GB of article PDFs (5GB w/ MSU Institutional account)
  • Emphasizes sharing: Social networking meets citation management
  • Share citations, notes, and annotations
  • On the Web and desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad)
  • Web browser import button

ZoteroZotero

  • Free
  • Use to organize citations, take notes, and format references in Word
  • 300MB of storage (more for a fee)
  • Firefox plugin or desktop version (Windows, Mac, Linux)
  • Web browser import button

Your Librarian

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Rachelle McLain
Contact:
rachelle.mclain@montana.edu
Renne Library Rm. 135
406-994-6549