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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. Also, citing sources using the documentation style expected in your field helps your readers cross-reference sources, provides consistency within a discipline, enhances your credibility, and indicates that you're a qualified member of a discipline.

Therefore, citing sources correctly is essential. Various resources can help writers cite and organize sources:

Citation Manuals & Style Tips

AP Stylebook

Associated Press (AP) Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law

PN4783 .A83 2016

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APA Style Manual

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

BF76.7.P83 2010

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Chicago Manual of Style

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition, 2010)

Z253.U69 2010

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MLA Style Manual

MLA (8th edition, 2016) Modern Language Association Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

LB2369.T8 2009

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The Bluebook Citation Manual

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th edition, 2004; 19th edition, 2010)

KF245.B58 2005

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KF245.B58 2010

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Turabian Style Manual

(Turabian) A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th edition, 2007)

LB2369. T8 2007

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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; 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 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.