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This guide gives information on library resources and librarian assistance for tutors at Cal Maritime.

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This guide has information on library services for tutors at Cal Maritime. If you're looking for tutoring, please visit the tutoring services web page.

When should you ask a librarian?

When an assignment asks for in-depth research requiring

  • Databases
  • Getting full text (so no one has to pay $35 for 24-hour access to an article)
  • Using multiple resources to find information
  • Copyright / intellectual property questions
  • Librarians are experts in research and information resources!

We’re less able to give in-depth writing help

  • There’s a border area between research and writing, and we’re fine there, but once it’s really focused on the writing itself, we would send students to you!


How do you find librarians?

  • We’re in the Library during working hours
  • You can stop by during on-call hours at the table by the Green Room.
  • You can ask a questions using the “Ask Us” button o the right side of the web pages
  • We have 24/7 chat with real librarians.


Citation decisions to help students

Citation decision 1: What citation style?

APA (social sciences, default style at Cal Maritime)

MLA (English and humanities

Chicago (history; sometimes called Turabian)

IEEE (engineering)

Bluebook (legal; some other styles use it for legal cases and statues)

Decision 2: How picky is the professor?

  • Not picky at all: Just wants citations, but doesn’t care about style or the picky details

  • Super picky: Wants a specific style, with every detail correct.

Most professors are somewhere in the middle!

Citation styles: Where to find information

  • Your Library’s citation guide,
  • Handbooks – the Library has APA, MLA, Chicago and Bluebook
  • Websites of the people who created the citation style.
  • Google what you’re trying to do, and choose a site that ends in .edu – it’s probably a library research guide.
  • Citation generators – use with a grain of salt. Librarians like Zotero Bib,


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