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Properly citing your sources is a fundamental part of the research process—the foundation upon which scholarship is based. Here are tools available through the library and on the web to help you cite sources correctly. 

Online Style GuidesCitation GuidesCitation Builders & Tools Library BooksTips & Getting Help

Online Style Guides

Citation Guides

Citation Builders and Tools

  • Enter your citation information, and these builders will create your bibliography for you in Chicago/Turabian, CSE, MLA or APA citation style. Online citation generators are no substitute for knowing proper style; they process data, so any errors that go into them carry over to the citations they make.
      BibME is a is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting, originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University.

      21st Century Information Fluency Online Citation Wizards are free tools that generate citations in CSE, MLA, and APA styles from a variety of source formats including online journal articles, electronic books, webpages, and databases. The tools were developed by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

      EndNote Web. Endnote Web is a Web-based reference management tool that allows you to create a personal database of up to 10,000 references by importing citations from online databases or text files. You can organize references into folders, and quickly and easily create and format bibliographies using a wide choice of citation styles.

      NoodleBib Starter version of NoodleBib. Supports MLA style. Includes basic source formats only. Requires that you create a free user account.

      The Citation Machine created for the Landmark Project by David Warlick. Supports MLA and APA style. More choices than NoodleBib.

      DocsCite from the University of Arizona. A citation builder for government publications including Internet sites. Supports APA and MLA.

    Library Books
    Click a link below to do a quick catalog search on the style of your choice to see what books are available at Rohrbach Library:

    MLA style library catalog search
    APA style library catalog search
    Chicago style library catalog search

    Some Tips and Getting Help

    • Keep in mind that the purpose of a bibliography is to enable your reader to find the actual sources you used.
    • It's important to remember to note the databases that you use if you are getting articles and books online.  The citation is the same but it includes the database name and access information.  View the Rohrbach Library citations LibGuide for a wealth of examples from our databases.
    • Web sites can be tricky - it's important to try to track down who is responsible for the site and when it was last updated.  Visit our evaluating web sites guide for more information. An excellent source for web citations is ONLINE! Citation Styles referenced above.
    • Many of the databases will generate formatted bibliography lists from your search results - click here (PDF) for an example of how to do it using EBSCOhost.
    • Your instructor is apt to be an excellent source of bibliography information.
    • The reference librarians are experts on citations and bibliographies. Don't hesitate to ask for help at the Research Desk in the Information Commons. During hours that the Research Desk is staffed, visit or call 610-683-4165 for professional assistance. At other times you can email or consult live with a librarian using our 24/7 chat service.
Page updated 18 November 2014