The Library's Guide to Citations and Bibliographies

Citation Management Software

Use citation management software to help you collect and manage your references, import citations for articles and books from databases and the library catalog, and auto-format citations and bibliographies in your papers. The Library supports:

Why Do You Need to Cite?

  1. To give credit to the person who created the idea.
  2. To allow your readers to locate the sources you used, so they can read and evaluate them for themselves.
  3. To illustrate which authors and sources you are conversing with (scholarship is like a conversation).
  4. To avoid plagiarism.

Citation Style Manuals

Your instructor will generally specify the preferred citation style for your class.  Commonly used citation styles include: APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago, and MLA (Modern Languages Association).

Full citation style manuals are available in the library and in some cases, online.