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This LibGuide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.
There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the tab for the style you need and take a look at some examples.
For more detailed examples
When Should I Cite Something?
"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.
Which Style Should I Use?
There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:
- MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
- APA style is often used by Education, Psychology, and Business.
- Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts
Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, stick with that style throughout your work.
There are a variety of websites and software available to assist you in keeping track of the sources you use while researching and writing your paper.
Automatically formats, alphabetize, and prints bibliographies for free.
Son of Citation Machine
Citation Machine helps students and professionals properly credit the information that they use. Cite sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian for free.
BibMe is a free citation generator developed at Carnegie Mellon University that produces citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles. It has some features not found in other free citation generators, such as autofill and the ability to switch between citation styles.
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.
Mendeley Citation Plugin
The Mendeley citation plugin allows you to insert citations and create bibliographies in Microsoft Word and LibreOffice documents.
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. Highly recommended.
Need More Help?
For additional assistance with any of these Citation Styles, or for help with any research questions, check in with one of the librarians at Crossett Library:
Jared Della Rocca
Capitalization in Foreign Language Titles
When adding a title that is in a foreign languge, follow these basic rules regardless of citation style:
For German, capitalize the first word and all nouns.
For French, capitalize THROUGH the first noun in the title.
For Italian and other languages, capitalize just the first word.
(NOTE: Always capitalize all proper nouns.)
This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. and modified by Joe Tucker, Research Services Librarian at Bennington College.
Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.
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