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MLA & APA help

Learn how to format papers, cite information sources using MLA and APA style, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Disclaimer

Premade citations and citation generators:

  • should be free
  • make mistakes
  • may not reflect the most current style guide standards
  • can only create citations for commonly-used resources, like books and articles
  • seriously, they can make mistakes!

Always check premade citations for formatting accuracy.

Premade citations from databases

Learn how to get premade APA and MLA citations that you can copy and paste into your references/works cited list.

EBSCO databases (Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, EBSCO eBooks)

  1. Search for an item.
  2. Select the title of the item to view the abstract, citation, and full text.
  3. Select Cite in the toolbar menu on the right side of the page. See example.
  4. Copy and paste the citation that appears at the top of the page into your references/works cited list.

Gale databases (Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Opposing Viewpoints)

  1. Search for an item.
  2. Select the title of the item to view the abstract, citation, and full text.
  3. Select Citation Tools in the toolbar menu on the right side of the page. See example.
  4. Select the MLA tab or APA tab at the top of the pop-up window.
  5. Copy and paste the citation into your references/works cited list.

Google Scholar

  1. Search for an item.
  2. Select Cite under the title of the item on the results page. See example.
  3. Copy and paste the citation that appears at the top of the page into your references/works cited list.

Remember: Always check premade citations for formatting accuracy!

Citation generators

Citation generators are online tools which create premade citations. The citations can be copied and pasted into your paper on the References (APA) and Works Cited (MLA) pages.

  • Citation Machine  Choose a citation style, search for the resource, and/or fill out the fields to create an APA or MLA citation. Easy to use and does not require an account.
  • Bibme  Similar format as Citation Machine and EasyBib.
  • EasyBib  Similar format as Citation Machine and Bibme.
  • Mendeley  Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Requires a free account to use.

Remember: Always check software-generated citations for formatting accuracy!

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