Academics

Best for Books, Articles and DVDs

These resources allow you to find a citation that already exists (for a book, article, DVD, etc.).  Pre-built citations are generally the most accurate because they haven’t just been generated on-the-fly, but rather have been constructed beforehand.
 
WorldCat :: In the search box, type the name of your material (preferably in quotes); click on the record for your item; click the CITE/EXPORT button in the top-right; select your citation style.  See video below for a demonstration:
 
Google Scholar :: In the search box, type the name of your material (preferably in quotes); locate your material in the search results; click on the CITE link below the article description; select your citation style.  See video below for a demonstration:
 
EBSCOhost Databases :: Find an article you like; click inside that article’s record; on the right-hand side of the screen, select the CITE option; select your citation style.  See video below for a demonstration:
 

Best for Websites and Online Resources

These resources will generate a citation based on information you input.  The citations they deliver aren’t always complete, but they usually do a reasonably good job.  If pre-built citations are best for books, journal articles, DVDs, etc., citation generators are most useful for websites, blogs, and [online] newspapers.
  
bibme :: First select the style you want (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.); next, type in the title of the material you want to cite [or, as an alternate step, go to MANUAL ENTRY MODE to build your citation from scratch]; fill in any extra information your citation might need; create your citation, and also check that it is complete.
 

Citation Manuals & Guides

These manuals and guides will take you through the step-by-step process of building a citation.  If you need to know what a perfect citation looks like, these are the ideal resources to consult.  Though using these resources will take more time than finding a pre-built citation or generating a citation through the web, following the steps outlined in these resources will lead you to a note-perfect citation.
 
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association :: The official APA referencing book; found in Schewe’s Reference Collection.
 
APA Referencing Courtesy of Highline Library Resources :: A condensed APA citation guide.
 
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers :: The official MLA referencing book; found in Schewe’s Reference Collection.
 
MLA Referencing Courtesy of Highline Library Resources :: A condensed MLA citation guide.
 
The Chicago Manual of Style :: The official Chicago referencing book; found in Schewe’s Reference Collection.
 
 
Writing an Annotated Bibliography :: A guide to writing annotated bibliographies in the APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.


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