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Documenting Sources

  • Citation generators are error-prone, so be sure to proofread! Double-check spelling, capitalization, and punctuation to be sure the official style (MLA, APA, etc.) required for your assignment is followed.
  • Style manuals can be confusing (i.e. what does it mean to be "paginated by volume"?). For assistance, consult your instructor, the Writing Center, or a reference librarian.

Citation Management Tools

  • EndNote Web - save your sources (web pages, scholarly articles, books), choose a citation style, select sources from your account, and create a works cited or references page in APA, MLA, Chicago or another citation style.
    • To create an account:
      • Access Web of Knowledge (one of Thomas Library's subscription databases).
      • Click My EndNote Web at the top right corner of the database to register for a free account.
      • Access to log-in to an existing account anytime.
  • Zotero - a free, powerful extension for your Firefox web browser that enables you to save and organize your sources. You can select a subset of your sources and format them as a works cited or references list.

Free Citation Creators Online

  • KnightCite - generate citations one-at-a-time in APA, MLA, or Chicago style to copy and paste into your works cited or references list.
  • Although many other citation creators exist, Wittenberg's own Writing Center recommends KnightCite, which is maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College.

Guides for Documenting Sources

  • Citing Sources From Duke University, this searchable site gives examples from the Chicago Manual of style, the MLA Handbook, Turabian, and the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual.
  • Research and Documentation From Diana Hacker, the author of "A Writer's Reference," this site provides examples for formatting your document, citing sources in your Works Cited list, and citing sources within the text of your document. Covers APA, Chicago, CSE, and MLA styles.