Researching can be a daunting process. There’s so much to accomplish! The Miller Writing Center is here to help you, even before you’ve started writing. This site has resources for every step of your process.

Finding Sources

Finding sources takes a lot of thinking. It can be hard to know what questions to ask and what search terms to use. It’s complicated, but you’re not on your own! Here are some resources to help you think it through.

Auburn University Libraries
They are the best place to find any resource and navigate any sort of database! Just walk over to the reference desk in the RBD Learning Commons.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar has lots of credible, academic sources.


Citing sources can feel overwhelming. But don’t worry—you don’t need to know it—you just need to know where to look it up.

Miller Writing Center
Many of our tutors specialize in specific citation styles. Look for them on the drop-down menu!

The Writing Center- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Writing Center has some great handouts!

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
This is the unofficial shortcut to APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles.

Citation Manuals
These are the official guides to citation styles. You can find print versions in RBD at the Miller Writing Center and the Reference Desk.

Electronic Resources
These online tools help you gather and sort your sources, data, and notes.

Online Citation Tools
These websites can help you create citations, but you should always double-check their formatting.

Avoiding Plagiarism

You should always think about remember that you have something to say, and you want to separate your words and ideas from the words and ideas of others. Here are some useful resources to help you think about

Auburn University Libraries
They have resources to help you use others’ ideas in productive ways.

Purdue OWL
OWL teaches you why and how to make your citations academically valuable.

University of Wisconsin Writing Center
The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin has some great pages to help writers.
This website can help you check for plagiarism, but it is not a solution to ethical issues in writing.