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Contact Information

In person at the J.N. Desmarais Library: The Library User Assistance Desk is just to the left of the entrance to the library.

By email: Reference help is available by contacting the librarian responsible for your subject area. A Librarian will respond during regular hours.

By telephone: Call us at 705-675-4800 or by extension 4800.

Distance education students: Téléphone : 1-800-661-1058, ext. 2  Fax: 705-671-3803 (Attention Off-Campus Library Services); email:

For more information visit our Services for Students page or the Off-Campus Library Services page.

Academic Integrity for Students at Laurentian University

Citing the works you have consulted, and acknowledging the contributions of others, helps you avoid plagiarism. See the Policy on Student Academic Integrity (PDF), approved by Senate on September 19, 2017, for more details.

Citation Styles

In the following tabs, you will find quick reference guides on commonly used citation styles. These styles are most often derived from professional associations and researchers, some have official guides and others are merely popular names given to a type of style that has several variants. The three most popular styles at Laurentian are APA, MLA, and Chicago.

Remember to use the style recommended by your professor.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools, such as Zotero, can help you to import and organize your references, as well as to create and export them. It is important to verify these citations before submitting your work, as glitches can lead to errors with capitalization, punctuation, and incomplete information.

Annotated Bibliography

Many professors ask for annotated bibliographies as part of your research. Annotated bibliographies ensure that you are accurately evaluating your sources and using reliable information; they help you improve your research abilities and prove your work.

There are several different styles of annotated bibliographies (informative, evaluative, combination...). It is therefore important to verify what form your professor requires. The University of Toronto offers an excellent guide on writing an annotated bibliography.