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Information on commonly used citation styles, such as MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and more
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide

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Whether you're working on your first research paper or you're an experienced student with an unusual source to cite, citing your sources can be challenging. Never fear! This guide refers you to websites and print books that will help you figure out how to cite your sources in several different styles.


Why do I have to cite my sources?

  • You should cite your sources because otherwise you would be taking credit for ideas that were not your own, otherwise known as plagiarizing. You are stealing someone else's intellectual property. (from SUNY Delhi Libraries website)
  • Writing your paper in a standard format helps your reader understand you more easily (and it really helps your professors, especially since they read hundreds of papers a year!)

Is there software to help me to generate citations?

  • RefWorks
    -Available at no cost to all Wright State University faculty, staff, students, and graduates
    -A powerful tool for collecting citations
    -Can generate bibliographies or footnotes for your paper
    -Write-N-Cite tool allows you to cite sources while you type and can format your whole paper for you.
  • Son of a Citation Machine
    automatically generates citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian after you type in the information needed.
  • Zotero
    free (up to 300MB), easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. You must download the software to use it.



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