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How do I cite a source?
To cite a source properly, you need to follow the rules of a particular citation style.
There are many styles, and reformatting citations can take a long time -- so ask your professor about what citation style to use before you start writing your paper.
Common Citation Styles:
APA Academic Writer
Guides, tutorials, and research tools for APA (American Psychological Association) Style.
Chicago Manual of Style Online
The online edition of the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) provides the full text in HTML or PDF formats as appropriate. The index makes it easier to navigate appropriate sections.
Quick tools for auto-formatting your citations:
Want to use a program that not only creates your bibliography automatically, but can also store and organize citations and PDFs?
- Check out RefWorks -- DU provides all students, faculty, and staff with free accounts.
Just need to format a few citations right now? Try these quick tools:
Free bibliography generator that can automatically format citations in a variety of styles.
Google Scholar Citation Generator
Look up an citation in Google Scholar, then look for the quote icon below the citation. This link provides examples of the citation in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
Tool that generates examples of appropriate citation styles based on information you input about the type of citation you need.
Whichever program you choose, remember to proofread the citations it generates for you!
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