Learn how to cite correctly and evaluate your sources

The Citation Compass is a website full of useful advice for students writing assignments and theses. It covers referencing styles, source evaluation and how to avoid plagiarism.

The website is developed by the libraries at UiA, USN and UiS, and is run by an editorial team.

You will find information on the APA 7th reference style based on the Norwegian APA Manual. We have also developed our own version of APA 6th for footnotes. Information on the IEEE reference style is based on the citation manuals from IEEE.

How to use The Citation Compass

  1. Choose your referencing style, and select the box which best represents your source.
  2. See how your reference should look like, and follow the guidlines for EndNote or Zotero if you are using a reference management tool.
  3. Can’t find the right box, or the answer to your question? Please try our APA 7th FAQ.

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