When you use other sources for your papers or assignments, you are expected to cite them in order to give credit to those whose work you used. If you don’t cite the sources, it’s considered plagiarism (see Plagiarism link). Before you begin citing your sources, ask your instructor what bibliographic style or format he or she prefers to use (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).
When citing your sources, you have the option of building them from scratch or using one of the many citation generators.
The following are some reliable citation generators.
- Citation Machine
- Knight Cite – Online citation generator from Heckman Library of Calvin College
Helpful Websites for Citing Sources
- APA Stye – American Psychological Association
- MLA Style – Modern Language Association
- APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian Style – Citing Sources from Duke University
- Chicago/Turabian Style – University of Wisconsin Madison Writing Center
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) – APA and MLA formatting and style guides, writing resources, plagiarism
- Citation: a Brief Introduction (VIDEO) – North Carolina State University (embedded below)