Citation Help

  • To “plagiarize” means ...

    • to steal & pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
    • to use (another’s production) without crediting the source
    • to commit literary theft
    • to present as new & original an idea or product derived from an existing source


    Use these tools to cite your sources correctly either using MLA or APA formats 

    Citation Tracking Form – A Google Doc

    Help in order of recommendation:

    • BibMe
      BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals’ guidelines for citing references.
    • EasyBib
      One of the first citation generators, easybib is free and allows students to enter the information from books manually and does the formatting according to style for them. Students put information in, and easybib does all the style and formatting for the student, leaving them with a finished bibliography.
    • Citation Machine
      Use the Citation Machine to create the proper format for an MLA or APA citation then include the result into your bibliography or footnotes. Currently uses MLA 7th, APA 8th, Chicago, and Turabian.
    • Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab over 200 free resources including Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language)
    • OWL at Purdue MLA formatting style guide. The best from Purdue University includes many examples & illustrations.
    • DocsCite
      Docscite is a free site that automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for government documents. DocsCite was developed at, and is provided by, Arizona State University Libraries.
    • KnightCite
      Knightcite is a free site that automatically produce MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations for 25 types of sources.
    • StyleWizard
      This free site automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for 6 basic types of sources. There is excellent help on each screen to walk users through the processing of citing a source.
    • Zotero
      Zotero is a free, open source utility that works in the Firefox browser to help users collect, manage and cite sources. It was developed at George Mason University.
    • Citavi Free
      Free full-featured version of Citavi for up to 100 references. Search for, manage, organize and cite sources.