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Help with Citations

The following tools can help in formatting and compiling your citation list. You can also get help with APA, MLA, and (to a limited extent) Chicago/Turabian citations from the Write Spot.

Citation Generators

  • Microsoft Word can automatically generate a bibliography and in-text or footnote citations based on the source information that you provide for the document.
  • Citeref indexes of millions of digital sources. Its citation tool includes APA, MLA and Chicago, plus other styles. Best site for discovering a digital object identifier (DOI) when it is not provided elsewhere or to find a source by looking up their DOI.
  • BibMe. Free automatic bibliography generator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. Best used as a quick stating point for citing informally published content.
  • EasyBib. Free automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA. Other styles require a subscription. Best used as a quick stating point for citing informally published content.

Reference Managers

  • EndNote Web. Software for publishing and managing bibliographies. Free to Southwestern students and faculty.
  • Mendeley. Free. Includes an academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.
  • Zotero. Free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.
  • Comparison of reference management software. Wikipedia article comparing cost, operating system support, citation styles supported, word processor integration, etc. of reference management software titles.

Citation Guides and Tutorials

  • Basics of APA Style. This tutorial is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style. It provides an abridged and easy-to-navigate digital version of the sixth edition of the APA manual.
  • Best Practices for Attribution. Check with your professor to determine if your project could be done with simple attributions instead of with citations from a standard style. If that is the case, this guide could be very useful. Slideshows may be good candidates for this.
  • Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide. Examples of common materials cited using both the notes-bibliography and the author-date styles. Notes-bibliography examples include shortened versions of citations to the same source.
  • Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style. Help on frequent areas of confusion like referencing books with no author or editor, e-mail communications, Facebook, Twitter, web pages with no author, interview source in another source, Bible or classic works, etc.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Writing resources including guides for research and citation. A useful section on avoiding plagiarism is available.