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Spark: Visual Piety (Tran): Citing Sources

Selfies of the Divine

Why Cite?

  • Citations let your readers know where you got the information you used in your writing.
  • They give credit to your sources and situate your work within the context of your field.
  • Citing sources accurately and thoroughly demonstrates that you understand where your work fits in scholarly discourse and that you have reviewed literature relevant to your topic.

Citing With Google Scholar

  • To get citation information in Google Scholar, search for your article title or the article's author.
  • Click on the quotation mark icon under the information about the item that interests you.


  • From there, copy and paste the citation information you need, or click the links at the bottom to send citation information to a citation management tool such as RefWorks. RefWorks is a tool that the UC Merced Library pays for the University's faculty, students, and staff to use for their research.
  • Make sure to double-check the citation Google Scholar generates; while using this tool can save you time, it is not perfect.

Find a Known Item - 3 Strategies

Some Strategies

1.  Look for the article title in Google Scholar.  Try the title OR UC-eLinks hyperlink.

2.  Look for the article title in Melvyl.  Look for the UC-eLinks button.

3. Look for the journal title.  Select the Journals tab on the library home page. (See upper right of this guide.)  Type in the title of the journal.  If the journal is available, it will appear in a result lists.  Check to see if the dates of coverage include the article you need.  Follow the links through to locate the article.