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A collection of guides to assist you in citing sources
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Citation Styles

APA Style

CSE Style

Chicago Style

MLA Style

  • This MLA Style Guide is based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition (2009). Source: UWSP University Library.
  • The MLA Handbook Frequently Asked Questions page provides the only guidelines available on the Internet that are authorized by the MLA (Modern Language Association of America).  To view the Handbook itself, click here.  The logon is, and the password is uwsp. Source: MLA.

Copyright and Plagiarism

Be sure to consult these additional resources about copyright rules and plagiarism.

Copyright Guide

Plagiarism Resources

Citation Management Tools

If you use a citation management tool, be sure to review your results carefully. You are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of the citations in your paper. If in doubt, refer to the appropriate style manual for definitive information.

  • EasyBib
    EasyBib is a free browser-based tool for creating citations and entire bibliographies in MLA style. Users can input references in order to create automated citations and make a bibliography. Other citation styles are supported for a fee.
  • EndNote
    Software that allows you to organize and retrieve literature for research, teaching and publication. Possible uses include: compile reading lists for courses, create bibliographies in a variety of publication styles, cite sources while you write, generate lists of authors' addresses and email addresses.
  • KnightCite
    A free, reliable and efficient citation generator that supports MLA, APA, and Chicago style formatting. Cites a wide variety of sources including, books, anthologies, multimedia, periodicals, communications, and online sources.
  • RefME
    Quick and easy citation generator. Supports over 6,500 citation styles including Harvard, APA, and MLA. Free iOS or Android app enables syncing across devices. Export citations into Word, EndNote and many other applications.
  • Zotero
    Zotero is a free, open source utility that works in the Firefox browser to help users collect, manage and cite sources.

Additional Citing Guides

Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications

This guide provides examples of the most common instances of government document citations based on the Chicago/Turabian standard bibliographic style. Source: Government Publications Department, Regional Depository Library, The University of Memphis.

Citing References

Provides links to a number of style guides, including tips on quoting and paraphrasing sources. Source: UW-Madison's Writing Center.

Citing Sources, Guide to Library Research

Primarily a resource for how to cite sources using APA, Chicago Style, MLA, and Turabian, this site also links to information on choosing a topic, refining it, and evaluating source materials. Source: Duke University.

EasyBib guides to MLA, APA, and Chicago Style

Citation guides for the latest editions of MLA and APA with examples.

Purdue OWL: Documenting Electronic Sources

This site contains additional links to citations in different disciplines, links to other resources about citing Internet resources, and overviews of different styles, especially APA and MLA. Source: Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL). 

Teachbytes: How to Cite Social Media: MLA & APA Formats

Contains a useful and easy to use guide that encompases a variety of different social media citations.


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