Properly citing a source of information is something that seems to exist only in academia. It doesn't have to (and shouldn't!) be that way. There are resources online that will create a perfectly formatted citation for you in considerably less time than it takes to look it up the old fashioned way. If that's not appealing, I don't know what is!
These magical time-saving tools are called citation generators.
Why is a writing instructor endorsing the use of these tools? Because I don't care HOW you get the citations, just as long as you HAVE them. The easier attributing a source becomes, the more people will start citing their references.
The following is a list (in no particular order) of web pages and applications that will help you cite sources in a variety of citation styles.
|This online tool will let you cite in MLA, APA, CSE, and Chicago style. The variety of sources (e.g. cartoon, e-mail, MUD posting, musical composition, etc.) that you can choose from is almost too good to be true!|
|This automated citation generator is a little less intuitive than the others on this list. It offers MLA, APA, and Turabian styles.|
|Citation Maker||Simple and easy to use, this tool will create MLA and APA style citations. Don't forget to save your work!|
|EasyBib||This webpage will create an MLA style bibliography for you that you can then export to Word.|
|KnightCite||Available only for MLA style citations, this tool covers almost every kind of source possible. Click on the resource options down the left-hand side column.|
|NoodleBib Express||The Express version of NoodleBib is free to use to generate MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citations. Not being able to save your work isn't a problem; just copy and paste the citations you generate into your document.|
|Zotero||A behemoth of a research tool, this Firefox extension allows you to store, manage, and cite your sources.|