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Selecting a Citation Style

Decide which citation style to use based on: what style is most-used in the discipline for which you are writing and what style is recommended or required by your instructor.

And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!

Citation Management System

Using a citation management system, like Zotero, will save you time and make your research process more efficient.

Zotero - Citation Management Tool
by Sarah Fay Philips - Last Updated May 28, 2014
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Citation Generators

Using a citation generator is an easy way to create citations in proper format. It is a type of online tool that creates bibliographic and in-text citations for you. Here are a couple that use the most common citation styles, like APA, Chicago, and MLA.

Not all citation builders are always correct.  Some are slow to adopt changes from style guide updates, may have a programming error, or may include entries that are mistyped.  Students should always double check their auto-generated citations for correctness.

Be sure to check with your instructor to make sure you are using the apporpriate citation system and edition of that system.

  • Citation Machine
    Generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian.
  • BibMe
    Generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian.
  • KnightCite
    Offers formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago styles.

Citations for Online Resources

Citations from iPads and other devices

Students are finding sources for their research from document versions on electronic readers like iPads and Kindle Fires.  The citation styles are keeping up with this trend!  Here are some links to e-reader citation formats.  (as of early 2012)

APA Style - citing from E-readers

MLA style - citing from E-readers

Chicago style - citing from E-readers (scroll down)

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