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Citing Sources

Spines of style manuals

Accurately citing sources helps writers demonstrate academic integrity.

Using an appropriate documentation style helps your readers cross-reference sources, provides consistency, enhances credibility, and indicates professionalism.

Following style guidelines helps writers cite and organize sources correctly:

Citation Manuals & Style Tips

AP Stylebook

AP - Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law

APA Style Manual

APA - Publication Manual of the American Psychological Assoc.

ASA Style Guide

ASA - American Sociological Association Style Guide

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

Chicago Manual of Style

CSE Style Manual

CSE - Scientific Style and Format

MLA Style Manual

MLA - Modern Language Assoc. Handbook

The Bluebook Citation Manual

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

  • Legal citation guide
  • The Bluebook Quick Style Guide (create free account to access)
  • KF245.B58 2015 - in-house use
  • Reference, Dick Smith Library & Tarleton-Fort Worth
Turabian Style Manual

(Turabian) A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

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.