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 .M53 2016
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers book cover Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
Call number 
PE 1478 .P83 2020
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association book cover

Online Citation Guides 

    • 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 ​​​

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.

Automatic Citation Generator

Get help creating your citations using BibMe!

EasyBib. Book logo. 

To create a citation with BibMe, fill in the boxes provided by the citation template or s​earch for a pre-formatted citation of your source. A variety of formats are available including APA, MLA, and Chicago.

Downloadable Citation Templates

Download the MLA Works Cited page or APA Reference page templates below. They are pre-formatted according to the proper citation style.  Just insert your information and you are ready to go! Click the following links for:

MLA Style Research Paper Template

APA Style Research Paper Template

Rendering of files in a file folder. 


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