Help with Citations

Depending on your citation needs, the following tools can be helpful in formating and compiling your sources.

Citation Generators

Microsoft Word. Word 2007 can automatically generate a bibliography and in-text or footnote citations based on the source information that you provide for the document.

Citeref. Index of millions of digital sources. Its citation tool does various standards including APA, MLA and Chicago. 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.

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, webpage 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