Whenever you write a paper, you should always cite your sources. Otherwise you could be guilty of plagiarism, which could result in failing the assignment, the class, or even expulsion from the college.
These sites aid you in creating citations by giving you fields to fill in, and then generating the citation for you. Make sure you always double-check your spelling, punctuation, and capitalization!
When you copy and paste a citation from a citation generator, you will need to be sure to double-space the lines and add a hanging indent (where all lines except the first one are indented 1/2 an inch). You will also need to check with the style manual for the citation style you are using for correct capitalization and proper format.
- KnightCite (MLA8, APA, Chicago NB)
- BibMe (MLA7, APA, Chicago NB)
- Cite This For Me (MLA7, MLA8, APA, Chicago AD, Turabian)
- NoodleTools Express (MLA8, APA, Chicago NB)
- NCSU Citation Builder (MLA7, APA, Chicago AD, CSE)
Apps and Extensions
- EasyBib - snap a picture of a book's ISBN and generate a citation (iPhone/iPad; Android)
- Zotero - Zotero is a downloadable plug-in that can be used with the Firefox Web browser to collect and create citations for you.
In order to make sure your citations are correct, you will need to be familiar with how each citation style should look. Here are some resources for the most popular citation styles.
- APA / Chicago / MLA for the Modern Student: A Practical Guide for Citing Internet and Book Resources (REF PN147 .Y68 2010, 2nd floor)
- The Bedford Handbook, 9th Edition (PE1408 .H33 2014, 2nd floor and 1st floor Circulation Desk) - A complete guide to proper writing, grammar, and composition. Includes information on citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago.
- Citing Sources
- OWL at Purdue: Research and Citation Resources
- Santa Fe Research Guides: APA; MLA; Chicago; Citation Tutorials