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Bibliography/Citation Styles

Citation Style Guides

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab resources will help you learn how to use:

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Formatting and Style Guide
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) Formatting and Style Guide
  • Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition

This section offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

This section offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

This section contains information on The Chicago Manual of Style method of document formatting and citation.

Using the Citation Generators from Library Databases

Library databases may allow you to save a citation. You can then copy and paste the citation text into your paper. 

From the detailed record or article, click the”Cite” icon. When you have decided which citation format you want for the article, copy and paste the citation directly into the Works Cited or References page of your document.

Proquest databases allow you to click the “Cite” at the top of an article.

Gale databases have a “Citation Tools” link to the right of an article that works for MLA and APA style.

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Citation Tools

KnightCite Free web-based citation generator from the Hekman Library.

EasyBib Online citation generator; creating citations in MLA style, 7th edition, is free.

Citation Managers

These are web-based personal citation databases and bibliography creators that allow you to import, store, and share your research citations and automatically format your bibliographies into whatever style you need (APA, MLA, Chicago, and many more).

Zotero A free, easy-to-use program to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Mendeley Web Academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. The bookmarklet is really useful.

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