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Citation Formats and Style Guides

Guide to citation assistance

Citation Accuracy

While very helpful, citation machines are not always correct. Format guidelines are revised, entries are mistyped, systems may have a programming error, or citation guidelines misinterpreted.  Unique or complex sources can fall "outside the box" and may require an interpretation of a rule. 

Therefore, you must know your citation style's requirements.  A current, official style manual for your citation system is your best starting point for this information.

Critical thinking does not stop at your paper's text.  You are responsible for the accuracy of of the content and format of your identified sources and paper.  Therefore, be sure to double check the accuracy of your auto-generated citations.

Finally, check with your instructor to make sure you are using the appropriate citation system and edition of that system.

Many of the library's subscription databases (e.g., EBSCO, ProQuest, CQResearcher) have a citation link.  That link automatically prepares the citation for a currently open article in the chosen format (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago). 

Students are advised, however, to review the auto-generated citation.  Make sure it is in compliance with the citation system format assigned by your instructor.

Bedford Bibliographer

Generates bibliographies in MLA, APA, CSE, and Chicago styles

Citation Managers

Automated citation systems can take the tedium out of citing.  However, do not assume that they are always correct.  See the Accuracy Disclaimer information at left.

Some sites include instruction.  Take advantage of these options.  Look at BibMe's Citation Guide tab and/or EasyBib's PDFs and video,