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This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to CGS.

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This guide is intended to assist students enrolled in courses in the College of General Studies with finding and using resources in the Jerry Falwell Library. Resources are organized by their format under seperate tabs above. 

To locate articles in journals, click on the Databases tab. 

For additional assistance, please contact liaison librarian to the College of General Studies, Rorie Fredrich, using the contact information provided on this guide. You may also contact Online Research Consultants at (434) 592-3362 or call toll-free (800) 424-9595 then select the "Additional Support Office" option.


Citation Help

Depending on the course, your professor may require you to use MLA, APA, or Turabian formatting. See the links below for citation assistance. For further help, contact the Undergraduate Writing Center or the Online Writing Center

For all formats, check out Liberty University's Writing Aids.




There are two styles of Chicago/Turabian formatting. Liberty prefers the Notes/Bibliography style, which has you place a footnote at the bottom of each page where a resource is quoted or paraphrased, and then have an alphabetically organized bibliography at the end of your paper. The Notes/Bibliography style is found in chapters 16 and 17 of the Turabian Manual, and is also called Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style by some databases (such as Ebsco) that provide suggested citations. Whenever you use suggested citations from a database, be sure to check that they are properly capitalized, etc.

The other Chicago/Turabian Author/Date style is much more like APA formatting.  Do not use this style for Liberty University papers. Examples for this style are found in chapters 18 and 19 of the Turabian manual. This style uses "in text" parenthetical citations and has a reference list at the end of the paper.