Citation Help

​​​​Citing and Documenting Your Sources

Learn how to cite and document information sources you include in your research papers and assignments. Find material on quoting and paraphrasing your research source to avoid plagiarism. There are several citation styles, but the most frequently used on campus are the MLA and APA citation styles. The official citation manuals for each of these citation styles can be found in the Reference and General Collections in EVC Library (call numbers listed below):  

MLA handbook for writers of research papers
Call number 
LB 2369 .G53 200
9
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
Call number 
BF 76.7 .P83 201


Online Citation Guides 

    • The MLA Library Handout (PDF) is based on the Modern Language Association Handbook and is a quick guide to MLA style
    • The APA Library Handout (PDF) is a quick guide to APA style​ and is based on the American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual
Download online guides  summarizing the rules and conventions of each style, using one or more of the sources listed here.

Automatic Citation Generators ​​​

EasyBib Citation Guide   ​

    • Simple and free to use; registration is not required. (Subscription to "Premium Services" for the APA citation builder is fee-based.)
    • Creates citations by either manual entry into a template, or searches for pre-formatted citations using keywords, ISBNs, URLs, etc.
    • Citations can be saved to Google Docs, if user has a Gmail account.
    • Registered users can save citations for future use.
    • Without registration, one citation can be generated at a time, then copied and pasted into a document.
    • Footnotes and parenthetical citations are only available to paid subscribers 

 Bibme Bibliography and Citation Maker      

    • Registration is free, but not required.
    • Will search ISBNs and URLs to locate pre-formatted citations.
    • For manual entry, users can select from a variety of templates, such as book, online journal article, web document, etc.
    • Will not remember the citation; users must copy and paste citations into Word document.
    • Provides In-text citation formatting.​ 

Knight Cite

    • Registration is free, but not required.
    • Registered users have access to more features, such as saving citations and exporting them directly to a Word document.
    • Without registration, one citation can be generated at a time and then, pasted into a Word document.
    • Provides templates for a wide variety of resources – print, web, and other media.
    • Does not search for pre-formatted citations using ISBNs or URLs. 
    • ​Does not format footnotes or in-text citations.
Citation generators (like the ones found in most article databases) can save time by formatting citations that can be copied and pasted into your list of references or works cited. Citations are either computer-generated or created through manual entry into a template.

Since accuracy of citations created by computers or templates cannot be guaranteed, consulting one or more of the following sources is recommended to confirm that citations are formatted correctly.  The citation generators listed have been tested by the EVC librarians, and although none has produced perfect results, they performed satisfactorily in most cases.

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