Cite Your Sources

Cite Your Sources

There are many different styles for formatting references/citations in your academic work. Some professors prefer a particular style while others don’t have a preference but insist that you use one style consistently and properly. Some help with the rules and guidance for these styles are provided below.

Keep in mind that online tools and resources may offer citation help, but they are not always correct/up-todate nor cover every situation. The style manuals are considered the authorities for citation and formatting rules. Paper copies of the manuals for these styles can be found in print in the library’s Reference Collection

Understanding plagiarism & self-test– University of Indiana
Plagiarism tutorial – SFU
Wikipedia disclaimer – reasons to not quote it in a paper
Citation Generators

Citation generators are online tools that create your citations for you (you just need to enter the information). Check the results against your style guide to make sure your citations are correctly formatted:

Citation Machine (MLA, APA, Chicago) – another free citation generator
BibMe – MLA, APA, Chicago
KnightCite – Calvin College citation generator (works with MLA, APA, and Chicago styles)
NoodleTools (MLA and APA) – Try the free version, NoodleBib Express
Microsoft Word citation generator (under the References tab)
APA Style

pdf file APA 7th edition QuickGuide – University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
Covers reference list and in-text citations for the most common types of resources.

APA Style – Purdue OWL
Sample APA paper included.

Citing Business Sources: UBC guide; BCIT guide

Learning APA Style (American Psychological Association)
Includes free tutorials, FAQ and more.

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.
REF BF 76.7 P83 2020
Making sense : a student’s guide to research and writing : social sciences, 5th ed.
H 62 N67 2012
MLA Style

pdf file MLA 8th ed QuickGuide – University of Alberta, Augstana Campus

MLA 8th edition – OWL at Purdue

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

MLA Handbook, 8th ed.
REF LB 2369 M52 2016
Turabian Style

pdf file Turabian Style – Fairbank Memorial Library

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations, 9th ed.
LB 2369 T929 M294 2018
Chicago Style

pdf file Chicago Style – University of Alberta, Augustana Campus

Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. – Purdue OWL

For more details, consult the following books in the Library:

The Chicago Manual of Style
REF LB 2369 C55 2017