How to Cite Sources

This guide contains links to helpful citation style websites, citation generators, and citation style manuals found in the library.

When doing all types of scholarly and research writing, the sources used in your paper need to be documented. The formal process of doing this is called creating citations, or citing. 

Providing citations supports:

  • contextual understanding

  • intellectual and academic honesty

  • credibility of your work

  • proper attribution to those whose work you have utilized

  • Citation Style Websites

    The following web sites provide examples of the most commonly used citation types.  If you are unsure which format to use, check with your instructor.

     

    The OWL at Purdue

    University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center

    Research and Documentation Online

    Ohio State University Libraries

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    Citation & Bibliography Generators

    BibMe

    • formats bibliographies in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian styles

    • includes brief citation guides for MLA, APA, Chicago & Turabian

    EasyBib

    • formats bibliographies in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian styles

    • includes brief citation guides for APA & MLA

    Citation Machine

    • generates standard bibliographic and in-text citations in MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian styles.

    KnightCite

    • generates standard bibliographic citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles

    NoodleTools

    • generates standard bibliographic citations in MLA style (requires users to create a personal login)

    EBSCOhost databases offer a "Cite" option (located under the Tools menu on the right-hand side of screen) that generates a citation in a variety of formats for the record being viewed.

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    Citation Style Manuals in Print

    For complete, in-depth information on citations, prints copies of the following citation manuals are available on reserve at the circulation desk or in the reference area.

    APA Style

    (r) BF 76.7 .P83 2010

    MLA Style

    (r) LB 2369 .G53 2009

    Chicago Style

    (r) Z 253 .U69 2010

    Turabian Style

    (r) LB 2369 .T8 2007

    CSE Style

    (r) T 11 .S386 2006

     

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