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Citation Guides

Why do I need to cite my sources?

There are two main reasons to cite your sources when doing research. The first is to give credit to the authors of the works you are using. The second is to provide your readers with a list of additional resources on your topic. Failure to cite your sources results in plagiarism, stealing or passing off another person's ideas as your own. Below is a list of resources to help you create your works cited, bibliography, or references page.

MLA Style

APA Style

Citation Generators

  • KnightCite - Developed by the Hekman Library at Calvin College, KnightCite can create and manage both individual citations and entire bibliographies using MLA, APA or Chicago format.
  • Citation Builder - MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
  • Citation Machine - Generates MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian citations using your input.
  • BibMe - 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.
  • Style Wizard - 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 process of citing a source.

Additional Resources