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Monday, February 2, 2009

7 Great Citation Resources

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.


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