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.
:: 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:
:: 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:
:: 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.
:: 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.