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Citing Sources

Spines of style manuals

Accurately citing sources gives credit where credit is due and helps writers maintain academic integrity. Using the documentation style expected in your field helps your readers cross-reference sources, provides consistency, enhances your credibility, and indicates your professionalism.

Using credible resources can help writers cite and organize sources:

Citation Manuals & Style Tips

AP Stylebook

Associated Press (AP) Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law

APA Style Manual

APA (6th edition, 2010) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ASA Style Guide

American Sociological Association Style Guide

  • Tips (Purdue OWL)
  • HM569 .A54 2014 DESK - in-house use
  • Reference Desk, Dick Smith Library
Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual of Style

MLA Style Manual

MLA (8th edition, 2016) Handbook

The Bluebook Citation Manual

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th edition, 2010)

  • KF245.B58 2010 - in-house use
  • Reference Collection, Dick Smith Library
  • Reference Collection, Texan Hall (Tarleton-Fort Worth)
Turabian Style Manual

(Turabian) A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition, 2013)

  • LB2369 .T8 2013 - in-house use
  • Reference Desk, Dick Smith Library

Citation Managers

Citation managers (sometimes called reference managers or bibliographic managers) offer online storage for citation information and software to generate citations. Some citation managers are free, but robust tools often require paid subscriptions. The following alphabetical list shows a few free citation managers. Note: Outside programs cannot be downloaded to campus computers.

Remember, no software program can think as well as you can. Always check your work using a current manual for your documentation style.

  • BibMe: Offers additional features with registration. Creates citations in two ways: auto-fill or using information you type in. Lets users store reference lists after creating accounts. Styles: APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian.
  • CiteULike: Requires registration via CiteULike or Facebook. Lets users add articles to personal libraries, import existing references, and share articles with other users. Styles: ACS, APA, CBE, MLA, and citation styles for select journals.
  • Endnote Web: Requires registration. Lets users save, edit, and organize resource information, plus import existing references. Many Tarleton library databases will export source information to EndNote Web. Styles: ACS, APA, APS, ASME, CBE, Chicago, MLA, and citation styles for multiple journals.
  • Mendeley: Requires registration. Lets users import, organize, and add annotations to files, as well as share works with other researchers and collaborate on projects. Generates citations and bibliographies. Offers free download (desktop and app). Styles: ACS, APA, APS, ASME, Chicago, MLA, and citation styles for thousands of journals.
  • Zotero: Requires registration and download. Lets users import PDF files, images, audio and video files, web page snapshots, and more. Indexes file contents to enable searches. Many Tarleton library databases will export source information to Zotero. Styles: ACS, APA, APS, ASME, CBE, Chicago, MLA, and many others. Offers mobile apps.